Canada Refugees

Imagine Welcoming 8,200 South Sudanese Refugees In A Day

David Schulze | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Impact
David Schulze

Last month, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that in just three weeks, it processed 37,491 refugees from South Sudan who were fleeing to neighbouring Uganda -- 8,200 arrived in a single day.

It's Not 'Cool' That My Next-Door Neighbours Are Syrian Refugees

Amanda Buessecker | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Amanda Buessecker

Being a refugee isn't fun, you see. It is not an adventure. It isn't an extended vacation at the expense of another. It is a sacrifice. It is a last resort. They may be safe here, but they wish that their own country wasn't at war. They would rather be there than here. Frankly, it sucks that my new neighbours are Syrian refugees.

I'm Walking 135km With My Toddler To Prove Yoda Wrong

Elizabeth Bromstein | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Bromstein

About ten days from time of writing, I think my three-year-old daughter is going to be a little annoyed with me. This is because at that time we'll be well into our second day of a 135km walk from our house in Toronto to Niagara Falls. I have no idea how much of this my daughter will remember or what, at this age, she will take away from the experience. But when she's older and looks back at this time, I hope these are four lessons she has learned.

This Is Canada's Opportunity To Improve Education For Refugees

Jacqueline Lopour | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Jacqueline Lopour

Every child deserves a quality education, but refugee children, especially girls, are the most likely to be left behind. Over half of all refugees are children. Only 50 per cent of these children are able to attend primary school; 25 per cent make it to high school; and just one per cent of these students move on to colleges and universities.

What's To Be Done About The World's Refugees?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Many of the world's most powerful landlords are meeting for the Refugee and Migration Summit. Heads of state from all over the world, including our own Prime Minister Trudeau, will discuss the fate of more than 21.3 million refugees -- more than any time since the Second World War.

Immigration Values Test Shows Conservatives Still Don't Get It

Arif Virani | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Arif Virani

The recent revelations that Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been consulting conservatives around the country about whether we need to screen newcomers to our country for "anti-Canadian values" prior to permitting them entry is both disappointing and, unfortunately, not surprising.

Zi-Ann Lum

Alberta Economy Makes Job Hunt 'Horrible' For Syrian Refugees

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Alberta

"I chase behind employers to return my calls and emails."

Canada Can Help Support The Long-Term Success Of Refugees

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Yiu

Canada is a young country and we lack the long history and cultural heritage like European countries. We do not share the American Dream nor America's melting-pot culture. Thus, we provide better ground for multiculturalism to flourish; we let refugees and immigrants from around the world preserve their culture and heritage.

Toronto Air Show Triggers The Trauma Of War

Craig Damian Smith | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Craig Damian Smith

Welcoming refugees into our communities implies a responsibility to provide a safe environment for rehabilitation and integration. Yet this weekend thousands of our neighbours will be exposed to trauma in a spectacle many of us would do away with in the first place. The air show is nothing like a charity bike ride. In a city with a large population of refugee newcomers and people who have experienced the trauma of war it is insulting, invasive, and violent.

Tories Twice Rejected Proposal That Could Have Helped More Refugees

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.28.2016 | Canada Politics

The recommendation to exempt Syrians and Iraqis from requiring official UN refugee status to be sponsored was rejected by then-immigration minister Chris Alexander.

What Peace Means To Children Living In South Sudan

World Vision | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

It has been one year since South Sudan signed a peace deal to end 20-months of conflict in the world's newest country. But with renewed violent clashes in July and mass internal displacement, long-term peace and stability remains uncertain. These South Sudanese children share what peace means to them.

Team Refugee Teaches Us To Approach Crisis Like A Champion

Jess Tomlin | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jess Tomlin

We do, indeed, have what it takes to end the world's refugee crisis. But, as any athlete would tell us, the real work takes years. It happens behind the scenes. It happens when we reveal the blind spots. And, most importantly, it happens when we listen to the voices that can be the hardest to hear.

Humanitarians Work Tirelessly Toward A Vision Of Shared Humanity

Plan International Canada | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

The enormity of the humanitarian crises facing the world are sometimes difficult to comprehend, let alone productively address. But humanitarian workers are working hard in Tanzania and in other countries around the world to support people living in the most difficult situations imaginable.

Ban Ki-moon Praises Canada's Openness To Refugees

CP | Lauren Krugel | Posted 08.14.2016 | Canada Politics

The UN Secretary-General said he was grateful for the "generous and compassionate'' commitment of the Canadian government to resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

My Day Spent Among Syrian Refugees Was A Humbling Experience

UNICEF Canada | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

I came to the camp not knowing what to expect and so worried about what I would see and feel. Instead, I left with feelings of hope, pride and sadness, and many lessons and gifts of the heart that I will forever cherish.

Security Trumps The Economy Among Immigration Opponents

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's quite clear that the federal government wants to increase the numbers of immigrants that the country accepts. Traditionally those arguing against taking in more immigrants insist that doing so will have a negative impact on the economy.

Tories, NDP Slam Liberals Over Delay In Helping Yazidis

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Politics

It will take time to come up with solutions, said one Liberal MP.

Minister Goodale: Immigrant Detainees Are Running Out Of Time

Syed Hussan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

Late on Tuesday afternoon, minister Goodale -- or likely his staff -- issued a press release that appears as a blog on the Huffington Post Canada. In it, the minister says he has heard the concerns and is working swiftly to remedy the problem -- but he just needs more time. Yet, under his watch as minister of public safety, three people have died in immigration detention in the last five months. This is a tragedy and a political crisis. These three, Francisco Romero Astorga, Melkioro Gahungu and an unidentified man, all ran out of time. And so has the minister.

Canada Expecting Delays In Refugee Arrivals Amid Turkey Unrest

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics

There are an estimated 549 Syrian refugees in Turkey who have been approved to come to Canada.

Ontario Priest Allegedly Steals $500,000 Raised For Refugees

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada

Amer Saka was arrested on Wednesday.

Celebrate Canada Day With These Insanely Canadian Headlines

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada

Take a bow.

Why Parenting In A Refugee Camp Can Be So Tough

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Some mothers feel grateful that they're still alive and at least have their children with them. One mother, who has been raising her children in this tented settlement for the past four years, said she wished they had stayed behind in Syria. She said it would be better to have died than to be living as they are.

Joshua Ostroff

This Doctor Speaks 7 Languages. And He's A Canadian Refugee.

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living

"I'm here. I don't know anybody. I don't know where to go. But I'm coming to seek safety."

Technology Puts Canadians Right Into Refugee Camps

World Vision | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Today is World Refugee Day, a date to remember the plight of refugees everywhere. It's an occasion we've marked five times since the conflict in Syria began. We wanted to find a way to give Canadians a new perspective on the situation.

Canada Can Help Address The Global Refugee Crisis

Alex Neve | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Alex Neve

Today, we mark World Refugee Day, amidst the most challenging and troubling time for global refugee protection since World War II. It is time to turn the global focus away from the cruel and illegal means now used to keep refugees away; and instead embrace our shared international responsibility to ensure they are safe.