Canadian Immigration

4 Troubling Things We Don't Know About CBSA Detainee's Death

Catherine Dauvergne | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Catherine Dauvergne

Just before the end of the year, Lucia Vega Jiminez took her own life while in immigration detention at the Vancouver airport. That a young woman in good health would take her own life is deeply unsettling, and an inconsolable loss to those who loved her. Beyond this, there are at least four things seriously troubling about this story that all Canadians should be concerned about.

2013 Immigration Changes and Victories in Canada

Syed Hussan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Syed Hussan

While Harper lies to the media, Ministers Kenney and Alexander are out touting the next wave of destructive immigration changes. Now is a good time to look back and reflect on what changed in immigration in 2013, and the ways that migrant justice activists fought back.

Shad Takes A Swipe At Jay Z, Canadian Government

HuffPost Canada Music | Vish Khanna | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Music

Shad, perhaps not surprisingly for a guy whose last album "TSOL" beat Drake for the 2011 best rap Juno, is one of the most openly optimistic artists w...

Immigrants Bringing Religion With Them

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Lonely, depressed and missing her family in the Philippines, Cosette Pena looked to God in hopes of finding comfort in her new adoptive cou...

What 8 New Canadians Moms Did With Emotional Letters To Their Kids

CBC | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Impact

A group of 18 newcomer moms has written a book describing the emotional decisions to uproot their lives and come to Canada. Letters to Ou...

More Life Lessons From My Immigrant Parents

Gina Alexandris | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada
Gina Alexandris

During a brief vacation away with my Greek immigrant parents in sunny Florida, I had the serenity to engage them in several wonderful lengthy chats about their past (always a favourite topic of mine) and to quietly observe them. These are the additional gems that I have gained from my parents' experiences.

April 4th is Refugees Rights Day in Canada

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

In Canada - April 4th is Refugees Rights Day. The date was chosen to mark a milestone decision on refugee's rights known as the Singh decision in 198...

America Should Give Immigrants a 'Canadian' Welcome

Werner Patels | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada
Werner Patels

There are some things we'd like to change about ourselves, but they can't be changed. We can dye our hair, but it doesn't change our original hair col...

The Changing Canadian Identity

Abi Paul | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada Alberta
Abi Paul

A common misconception by most Canadians is that all immigrants (regardless of country of origin, religious background, ethnicity) face a common set of experiences (opportunities and challenges) as a group. There-in lies the basis of misunderstanding of the immigrant phenomenon by most Canadian-born residents.

One Woman Is Giving Immigrants A Voice Through The Arts

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.10.2012 | Canada Impact

Isabel Cisterna can still remember a time in her past when despair was what she knew best; growing up in Copiapó, Chile, in the centre of the driest ...

The Doctor Who Risked His Reputation to Oppose Bill C-31

Bernie Farber | Posted 08.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

On Monday, Cabinet Minister Joe Oliver made a federal funding announcement at Toronto General Hospital. However, within minutes of Minister Oliver taking the podium, something truly exceptional occurred; emergency room doctor Chris Keefer walked boldly up to the front of the room. Despite attempts by a hospital administrator to shut down Keefer's interruption, he nonetheless persisted.

Canadian Citizenship -- What's the Queen Got to Do With It?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

To many individuals and families around the world, Canada is rightfully regarded as a resettlement destination that offers immigrants and new Canadians a range of freedom. Why then, is there a legal obligation for individuals to take a solemn oath of allegiance to faithfully serve the Queen, her heirs and successors in order to gain full access to the democratic protections of Canadian citizenship?

Refugees Are People Too

Jennifer Hyndman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Jennifer Hyndman

If Bill C-31, "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act," passes in parliament, Canada will lose its reputation for fairness and human rights and, more importantly, hundreds if not thousands of people's lives will be adversely affected. Refugees would be ineligible to sponsor any immediate family members and these refugees would be second-class people in Canada.

Tories Lead the Way in Intelligent Immigration

Diane Francis | Posted 07.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Every year, the flow of people fluctuated according to supply and demand. Some years, a total of 60,000 people were allowed in, and some others years 150,000. This guaranteed that immigrants found work because they were screened properly to insure their success. Then in 1986 the Mulroney government opened up the floodgates.

Sorry, Your Service for our Country Does Not Entitle You to Citizenship

Peter Worthington | Posted 06.19.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

In other words, the 100,000 Canadian soldiers who won the greatest battle of World War I were not Canadians, according to today's Citizenship and Immigration. How dare Harper's government say that no one born in Canada prior to the 1947 Act was "legally" a Canadian citizen!

Bad Luck O' The Irish Brings Workers To Canada

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2012 | Canada

OTTAWA - Pubs bursting at the seams are a reminder of the old saying that on St. Patrick's Day, everyone's a little bit Irish.But statistics show that...

'Birth Tourism' In Tory Gunsights

CBC | Posted 05.05.2012 | Canada Politics

The Harper government is considering changes to the citizenship rules to target so-called birth tourism — where a foreign national come...

Althia Raj

Another Tamil Human Smuggling Operation Thwarted

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.31.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Canadian authorities have helped thwart the efforts of another group of Tamil refugees to get to Canada, The Huffington Post Canada has lea...

Canadians More Tolerant Of Immigration: Study

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2012 | Canada

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Auditor General: Close Holes In Visa System

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.22.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's border watchdogs need to tighten the visa system with better health and security screening for people who want to come to Canada eit...

Canadian Immigration Turns its Back on Afghan Translator

Peter Worthington | Posted 01.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

Now that Canada's combat role in Afghanistan has ended, it is tempting for some to turn their back on what went before. That's both foolish and wrong. Canada has a duty to make it easier for Afghan translators and such to enter Canada. Otherwise we are probably sentencing them to death.

Let the Benhmudas Come Home

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

In deporting the Benhmuda's Canada's refugee system made a mistake. Fortunately, it's being given a second chance; let's hope this time it gets it right. Let the Benhmuda's come home.

Moratorium On Parents, Grandparents Immigrating To Canada

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.04.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government is imposing a two-year moratorium on immigration applications from parents and grandparents, starting immediately.But ...

Feds Aim To Attract Different Type Of Immigrant

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.02.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Immigration Minister Jason Kenney plans to hold immigration levels steady next year, but the mix of immigrants will change.There will be more...

Support For Immigration At All-Time High

CBC | Posted 12.20.2011 | Canada Politics

Support for immigration in Canada is at an all-time high, suggests a new study that tracked attitudes about newcomers to the country over...