Canada Refugees

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.

This Is Such A Good Idea, Period

Oxfam Canada | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

A new how-to manual for aid workers lays out the issues and practical steps that all must take to ensure women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, including menstrual health that is a precursor to preventing and mitigating gender based violence. Included in these guidelines is a specific requirement to ensure dignified access to hygiene-related materials.

World Refugee Day: Canada Should Lead By Example And Do More

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

I believe Canada must do more and become a global model. Canada should increase its acceptance of refugees, regardless of their home country. A refugee is a refugee, regardless of their origin. Settling a larger number of refugees each year is just one solution Canada could consider. Canada should also provide increased humanitarian assistance in crisis situations, and increase its development assistance in fragile states.

We Must Uphold Promises To Global Refugee Community

Stephen Cornish | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

The current global migration crisis has been exacerbated by governments shirking their obligations to protect people during their most vulnerable moments. States are increasingly disregarding their responsibilities to uphold the rights of migrants and refugees, and are failing to treat them with humanity and dignity.

A Life Displaced Is Still A Life With Hope And Dreams

Oxfam Canada | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

Whether through civil war or other forms of conflict, natural disasters or climate related disasters such as drought, the global scale of displaced people is unprecedented. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates there are now over 60 million forcibly displaced people around the world including 19.5 million refugees -- the highest number on record!

Soccer Should Not Be The Only Solace For Kids Living In War

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

In places like South Sudan, children are battered by the effects of war, long before they step onto the football field. Soccer, sometimes, is the one good thing in their lives. But no amount of football can change the basic facts of their lives.

Canadians Think Feds Can Do More To Help Refugees: Amnesty

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Politics

Amnesty releases a list of most-welcoming countries to refugees and No. 1 may surprise you.

This Ramadan, Let's Call For An End To The Global Refugee Crisis

Islamic Relief Canada | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Islamic Relief Canada

The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. This is a time when Muslims all around the world abstain from all food, drink and sexual pleasure during daylight hours. It is also a time when Muslims remember those less fortunate around the world by giving a portion of their wealth to charitable causes. Every Ramadan, here at Islamic Relief Canada, we pick a global issue that we campaign and fundraise on, and this month we're calling for more action towards ending the global refugee crisis.

Innovative Programs Help Syrian Refugees Face Uncertain Future

David Morley | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

The Makani Centre sits in front of one of the only green spaces in Baqaa. Makani Centres are UNICEF-support initiatives to expand learning opportunities for vulnerable children in Jordan. Here in Baqaa it is a hive of activity for those Syrian children who cannot go to school.

Immigrants Feel As Canadian As The Rest Of Us

Jack Jedwab | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

Some observers insist that Canada's multicultural policies encourage newcomers to maintain their attachment to their countries of origin. This in turn makes it difficult for them to establish a proper connection with Canada. Defenders of this view rarely provide supporting empirical evidence.

One Day In Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp

David Morley | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

Za'atari is a refugee camp -- 80,000 people live here now -- but it is in the process of becoming a city. New people are not arriving, another camp is taking those people now. And it is hard to know how many more people Jordan can take -- this country of a little more than six million people is also home to nearly three million refugees.

When Living Your Yoga Means Sponsoring Refugees

Patti Lenard | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Patti Lenard

Canada is the only country in the world that allows private citizens to unite to sponsor refugees, by taking on a commitment to welcome them and support them as they take refuge in the safe and tolerant country of which we are lucky to be a part.

It's Time To End The Stigma Of Immigration In Canada

Bernie Farber | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

Truthfully, unless you are a member of our indigenous peoples, we are all immigrants, regardless if you gained your citizenship yesterday or 16 generations ago. Historically, immigrants and refugees who adopted Canada as their country of choice contributed to the development of Canada's social, economic and civil fabric.

Canadians Haven't Always Been Welcoming To Immigrants

Jack Jedwab | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Even those Canadians reporting the highest knowledge about immigration history believe we have always been welcoming. Yet the country's history offers more than enough examples of restrictive immigration practices to suggest that there is at least a bit of ignorance among those of us presuming the most knowledge.

U Of T Startup Helps Newcomers Navigate Canadian Health Care

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

After living amid the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey for a year after graduating from the University of Toronto, Nouhaila Chelkhaoui knew she wanted to help make a positive impact on the lives of newcomers. Her return to Toronto gave her the opportunity to do just that, as she joined U of T startup iamsick's newest initiative, which helps refugees navigate Canada's complex healthcare system.

An Open Letter To The New Independent Senators

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

As senator, you will be entering in a whole new phase of your life. As a newcomer, you have a freedom of thought and a creativity which will invariably be constrained once you will have internalized the Senate's culture. Use this limited time wisely.

A Viral Video Helped This Afghan Refugee Find A New Home

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada
Yaël Ossowski

It's a story full of hope among a sea of despair. With thousands of refugees currently awaiting their fate at the periphery of Europe's borders, hoping to reach Germany, the United Kingdom or Sweden, at least one man was setting his sights on the Baltic nation of Lithuania.