Canada Refugees

Do the People of Sudan's Nuba Mountains Not Matter?

Alex Neve | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Neve

For four years, the Sudanese military has waged a terrifying war against its own people, in the besieged state of South Kordofan. As the fourth anniversary of this disgraceful human rights crisis approaches next month; it is long past time for the world to finally do something about it.

Are Tamil Restaurant Workers Stuck in the Back of the Kitchen?

TamilCulture | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

I was recently directed to an article that discussed the phenomenon of visible minorities working in Toronto restaurant kitchens. Interestingly, the Sri Lankan Tamil community was cited as staffing almost a third of these kitchens. However, few visible minorities, including Tamils, have found success in the "front of the house" as restaurateurs or culinary chefs.

The Mediterranean Has Become a Morgue for Migrants. Canada Must Help

Alex Neve | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Neve

The number of deaths have been mounting over the years. The International Organization of Migration estimates that somewhere in the range of 20,000 women, men and children have drowned in the Mediterranean between 2000 and 2014, while trying to reach safety and new lives in Europe. Canada can and should be central to international efforts to address the underlying crises in Syria, Eritrea and other countries, propelling the displacement that leads to the Mediterranean. This is not a crisis that Canada should simply observe and lament.

Why Isn't Canada Doing More to Help Lebanon Deal With the Syrian Refugee Crisis?

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

The Syrian conflict has passed two sobering milestones. The civil war -- now entering its fourth year -- has now claimed more than 200,000 lives and forced more than three million people to flee the country. The Canadian government can and should be playing a more direct role in addressing the refugee crisis in Lebanon by immediately increasing our humanitarian assistance.

Canada's Millionaire Immigrants Earn Less Than Refugees

Ian Young | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ian Young

Logic would dictate that big-earning millionaires continue to earn big after settling in Canada. They might take a pause from their business activities while they settle in to their new country, but it's only a matter of time before the money, and the trickle-down benefits, start flowing, right? Not so.

A Long, Burdensome Road for Syrian Refugees and Their Canadian Sponsors

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Militias set fire to homes with families still inside. From her safe refuge here in Canada, Dahlia heard the horrific reports and knew she had to get her family out of Syria. But to sponsor them as refugees in Canada would take an agonizing 18 months of bureaucracy and cost tens of thousands of dollars. Dahlia's ordeal raises the question, Are the demands of sponsorship too great for Canadians to bear?

Doctor: New Health Program Still Failing Canadian Refugees

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is continuing to violate a Federal Court ruling that affirmed the right of refugee claimants in Canada to access ...

Canada Must Do More To Help Syrians Abroad

Dana Wagner | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Despite government statements that Canada has done "more than any of our allies," our allies have introduced smart humanitarian policies that have moved far more Syrians abroad than anything Ottawa has yet introduced. Canada can look to them - Germany, Sweden, Norway, Brazil and more - for inspiration.

Canada Needs a Plan to Address Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women

University of Toronto News | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
University of Toronto News

The report calls for a national plan to address violence against immigrant and refugee women and immigration policies that better support immigrants in precarious circumstances. It calls on the federal government to abolish the two-year conditional status for sponsored spouses, reinstate access to the Interim Federal Health program to all refugee claimants and uphold the privacy of all people who have access to social and health services.

An Open Letter From Some Muslims Who Love Canada and Human Rights

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

On Tuesday, October 7 the Harper government voted for military action against ISIS/ISIL notwithstanding all opposition parties opposed it. We are concerned that Canada may become further targeted by extremists and that Canadians, including members of our armed forces and our police, may be placed in greater danger as a result of its participation in the war.

Canada Should Follow Sweden's Lead on the Syrian Refugee Issue

Dana Wagner | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Outside the neighbourhood, there is one country leading the response. It is not Canada, despite statements from our ministers that the Canadian refugee response constitutes "more than any of our allies have done." This is deliberately misleading and a slight to what our allies are actually doing. Greater leadership can be found in a country with a quarter of Canada's population.

Ottawa Says Rushed Refugee Health Care Rehaul Would Create Chaos

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The health care system serving thousands of refugee claimants will be thrown into chaos next month if there's a rush to create a new program,...

Immigration Detainees Held In Inadequate Conditions: Red Cross

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A confidential Red Cross investigation found numerous shortcomings at Canadian facilities for immigrant detainees including triple-bunked cel...

You Might Think Canada Is Doing its Best to Help Refugees, But You'd Be Wrong

Joe Gunn | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

There are more than 50 million refugees around the world. Surveys suggest that most Canadians believe we, and our government, are doing our best to help them. But a recent study of people working to resettle refugees suggests that these Canadians would be deceived. Partnership between the federal government and refugee sponsoring organizations is essential to this program's success. Commitment to this partnership, however, must be based on respect for the volunteers that put their own time and money on offer to better assist refugee resettlement.

'We're Very Often In The Business Of Tearing Families Apart'

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - For the past month, Sheila Sedinger woke up every morning fraught with worry over the prospect of being deported to Mexico without her two ...

The World's 51-Million Refugees Are Living in Limbo

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Clemantine Wamariya went years without taking a shower. Living with the filth and stench was still preferable to risking rape in a refugee camp bathroom. It would be six more years before she again had a home not constructed out of blue and white United Nations tarps, and several more years before she became a Yale University grad and activist for displaced peoples. Wamariya's incredible success story is a testament to what refugees can achieve when every day is not just a fight for survival.

Canadian Dynamo Emerges from Refugee Camp Childhood

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Jennifer Moonfoxy (right) with the author in Canada. Canada is home to people from all over the world, each with a unique story. Many have endure...

Though I Keep Getting Detained, I'll Never Stop Being an Activist

Maikel Nabil Sanad | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Maikel Nabil Sanad

I was sitting on a bench inside the military court that day, accompanied by a military intelligence agent, waiting for my military judge to arrive in the courtroom. It was a spring day, in April 2011, just few months after the revolution started. It was the fifth time I was detained in Egypt because of my activism. It isn't that I can understand the situations of people facing injustice from afar, I can feel their pain, because it's my pain as well.

Ethiopia's "Terrorist" Journalists and Bloggers

Adam Bemma | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

On April 25 of this year, the Ethiopian government made news by arresting six bloggers and three freelance journalists. It is now over 100 days, and counting, since the six Zone 9 bloggers and the three freelance journalists were thrown into Ethiopian prison cells. The nine writers are facing terrorism-related charges, standing accused of inciting violence through social media.

Syrian Refugees Are a Shock To Lebanon's System

Jenn Gearey | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada
Jenn Gearey

The enormous influx of Syrian refugees has been difficult for the Lebanese people. Some estimates put the Syrian refugee presence in Lebanon at 50 per cent of the small country's total population. Hala Naufal, an Expert Demographer and professor of Population Studies at the Lebanese University, estimates the Syrian refugee count in Lebanon to now be around two million.

Was South Sudan a Preventable Crisis?

Stephen Cornish | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

The actors who built South Sudan knew what they were creating: a country barely emerged from decades of devastating conflict, led by a generation with no access to education or any kind of functioning infrastructure; a completely impoverished petro-state, entirely dependent on oil resources but with no capacity to develop them on its own; and a nation deeply split by ethnic divisions.

Breaking the Silence on South Sudan

Patricia Erb | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Erb

Headlines and news stories keep us updated on the sometimes harsh truths around the world. While we are disturbed by the increasingly horrific situation in Iraq and the ensuing displacement of millions of Syrian refugees, another serious humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in South Sudan in near silence.

South Sudan: Don't Look Away

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Three years ago today, there was dancing on the streets of South Sudan. A new nation had just been born. Having voted to separate from Sudan, the people were bursting with dreams for a free and independent future. But the anniversary of independence is not being marked today with celebrations.

Cuts to Refugee Health Care Don't Reach Standards of Common Decency

Dana Wagner | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Not all rulings on "cruel and unusual" treatment are accompanied by the opinion that the treatment also "shocks the conscience." This phrase suggests something more fundamentally wrong. Justice Mactavish also adds a dose of shame by invoking decency.

Tragic Cases Cited In Refugee Health Care Cuts Ruling

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Friday's Federal Court decision on refugee health care came with stories of fear and desperation and "the extreme human cost" of the federal ...