Canada Refugees

A Little Kindness Can Change A Life

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

We are presented opportunities everyday to make a difference in the lives of those around us, near or far, through our actions, time, or money. Whether we embrace that opportunity is up to us and, evidently, even the smallest of gestures or actions can veritably snowball into lasting results.

Canada's Flawed Refugee System Gives New Arrivals A Half Welcome

Joe Gunn | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

In the autumn of 2015, folks at my church got very excited about the opportunity to sponsor refugee families from Syria. Plans were made, funds raised, paperwork submitted - and at one point, an apartment was rented. And then, we waited... and waited. Finally, a Syrian family arrived that our parish could sponsor - in March 2017.

The World Needs More Philoxenia

Matthew House Toronto | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Impact
Matthew House Toronto

"Philoxenia" is a word that encapsulates the concept of showing love, compassion, and hospitality toward strangers. While I often hear the term "xenophobia," (fear of the strangers) I had never heard an antonym for it. Philoxenia is just that. I would love to see "philoxenia" become as commonly used (and practiced) among us as it's opposite. It's what the world needs now!

Returning To The Caribbean Reminded Me Why I Left My Homophobic Home

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As much as I craved my mother's warm embrace, the smell of the sea and the happy moments that I did share with my partner in our home, I couldn't help but wonder if my homophobic attackers were still around. And that uncertainty - coupled with the fact that our love is still considered a crime there - was my wake-up call.

Global Migration Crisis A Test Of Canada's Humanity

Stephen Cornish | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

Barriers and containment will not stop people from fleeing, and deportations to unsafe countries merely returns victimized people to unending uncertainty, oppression and abuse. Let us ensure that our treatment of vulnerable people trapped in the desperation of the global migration system remains dignified.

Refugees Crossing Over From The U.S. Are Breaking The Law

Surjit Singh Flora | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Surjit Singh Flora

Canada has a compassionate, principled approach to both immigration and refugees. Our government's inability to control this developing situation may ultimately do harm to our current refugee system, ultimately causing Canadians to have a lack of faith in the system, and ultimately in the government that is charged with managing it.

Nearly Half Of Canadians Want Illegal Asylum Seekers Deported: Poll

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Rieger | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada

A lot of Canadians also aren't happy about the Trudeau government's approach.

My Canadian Immigrant Story Begins With The Loss Of My Father

Surjit Singh Flora | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Living
Surjit Singh Flora

Today, I'm 47 years old and Canada has been my home for almost 28 years. To this day, whenever I experience difficulties in life or in my career, I feel sadness and regret at not having my father me to help me through the difficult times.

'A Little Baloney' In Calling Asylum Seekers' Entry Into Canada 'Illegal'

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Politics

More than 1,000 people have filed refugee claims at the Quebec-U.S. border since January, compared with about 200 during the same time last year.

Goodale To Press U.S. Counterpart On 'Risky' Movement Of Asylum Seekers

CP | Jim Bronskill and Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Politics

The issue will be one of many the public safety minister will discuss with John Kelly.

'Robot Lawyer' Helps Refugees Apply For Asylum In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Rieger | Posted 03.07.2017 | Canada

The AI was designed by a student.

Smugglers Guide Asylum Seekers On Months-Long Journey To Canada

CP | Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada

Stays in migrant camps along the way often culminate with a lengthy period in a U.S. immigration detention centre.

Refugees Denied By U.S. 'Regularly' Accepted By Canada: Lawyer

CP | Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada

"I think that there is a lack of access to justice (for claimants in the United States)."

Canada Asylum Claims Rising Since Trudeau Election Win: Stats

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.05.2017 | Canada Politics

"We are now the beacon of hope for desperate refugees."

Maham Abedi

Refugees Rely On Welfare, Odd Jobs To Repay Debt To Federal Gov't | Maham Abedi | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Politics

Some owe the government thousands of dollars in transportation costs.

Canada Owes Refugees Fleeing U.S. A Fighting Chance

Jennifer Andrews | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Andrews

To be exceptional is to be unusual, rare or outstanding. Right now, we are none of those things. To be exceptional is to figure out a way to make it safe for refugees fleeing the U.S. to come to Canada and to give them a chance to contribute to our country, without having to go underground yet again.

Canada Can Show The World What Strength In Diversity Really Means

Mohammad-Reza Ghovanloo | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Living
Mohammad-Reza Ghovanloo

It is hard to not be inspired when the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that "to those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength." It is time for Canada to lead by example yet again.

Canadian Effort To Help Yazidis Proves That Democracy Works: Ambrose

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2017 | Canada Politics

The UN says Yazidi people are facing genocide.

UN Agency Keeping An Eye On Asylum Seekers Crossing Into Canada

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Politics

Jean-Nicolas Beuze says the crossings are orderly and officials are following all the appropriate laws.

End All Thinly Disguised Wars On The World's Most Marginalized

The Alitaptap Collective | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Impact
The Alitaptap Collective

They launch crusades of violence against the easiest of targets: the racialized Other, the immigrant, the slum dweller, the refugee. They promise a return to a Utopian past at the expense of their chosen scapegoats - each one of a certain colour, geographic origin or religion - only to guarantee an impoverished future for us all.

ISIS Stole This Family's Home, Don't Let It Take Their Baby's Life

Drowster | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Impact

In March 2014, Mustafa heard three bombs near his home in Sheran located in the province of Aleppo, Syria. At that precise moment, he knew his biggest fear was real: ISIS was at their door. This was his tipping point; his family packed a few belongings and tried fleeing to Turkey.

Canada's Pledge To Take In Yazidis Praised By Refugees In Iraq

CP | Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Politics

The UN declared last year that the minority Yazidi population was the victim of genocide by ISIL.

Canada Visits Sweden To Talk About Inclusiveness

David Johnston | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Politics
David Johnston

Immigration is a basic fact of Canada, as old as the country itself. Indigenous peoples were the first inhabitants of our land, followed by generations of newcomers who came in search of peace and prosperity. This continues to the present day with the arrival of immigrants and refugees from around the world. Newcomers are a source of strength for Canada. Everything in our history shows this to be the case. Diversity is a source of insight, ideas and energy that deepens our ability to solve problems and to engage with the world.

Canada Must Act Immediately To Stop Illegal Immigration: Blaney

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Politics

He wants the government to hire an additional 200 RCMP officers and an extra 200 agents at the Canada Border Services Agency.

Feds To Accept 1,200 Mainly Yazidi Refugees By Year's End

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Politics

The government says it also intends to facilitate private sponsorships of Yazidi refugees.