Canada Refugees

In Syria, Millions Could Be Destroyed

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Consider what is happening in Syria even as we read these words. Aid agencies have become so desperate for help that they repeatedly call upon the affluent West to step up and assist the 9.3 million people living at risk, and the 3.5 million Syrians living under siege. Surely these people matter to us, right?

Harper, Stop Canada From Entering a Decade of 'Diplomatic Darkness'

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

There was a time when Canada realized that while military security was an important investment, it was the long-term planning involved in relief and development that would ultimately bring greater measures of peace to our world. Somewhere along the way we lost that. We also lost a seat on the UN Security Council, the world's respect through our lack of action on climate change, and our altruism the moment we decided to invest development resources only in those nations that enhanced our own local economy and brought political benefit to the government.

The Roma Family Taking Refuge in a Toronto Church

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Avrum Rosensweig

Over the next few weeks decisions will be made about the Pusumas, a Roma family that has lived inside Toronto churches for about two years. Pronouncements will be heard that will conclude where they live and in fact, how the rest of their lives unfold. The Pusumas are hoping they will receive a fair hearing and that our government will act compassionately and justly with the knowledge that a very dangerous landscape faces them should they be forced to return to Europe.

Canada Fails the Test of a Good Society

Bernie Farber | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, is attempting to justify the recent changes to the refugee determination system and refugee health care with divisive language and misrepresentation of the facts. This is not a reasonable way to develop public policy that affects some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

Even Today, Refugees in Canada Seek Sanctuary in Churches

Bernie Farber | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada
Bernie Farber

How is it possible that in Canada in 2013 "sanctuary," a medieval concept of Church protection, is still necessary? Across this country, here and there, in Vancouver, Regina,Toronto, Montreal and other places, people are living in churches.

When Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Josh D. Scheinert

The Government of Canada has just given new meaning to the word "chutzpah". Adel Benhmuda tried to claim refugee status in Canada; he failed. When he said he'd be tortured if deported back to Libya this country didn't believe him. After all this country put them through, it should be Canada reimbursing the Benhmudas.

Canada's Sri Lanka Case and The Trouble With "Whitelists"

Dana Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

The Sri Lanka case shows that the declared safety of a foreign country depends on Canadian politics instead of evidence like returned Sri Lankans experiencing torture and possibly worse. Politicians are not an authority on persecution. When they act like one, friends are called safe. Then domestic demands shift and suddenly they balk, tugging along lives with whims.

Awash In Refugees, Whose Needs Come First?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We are awash in refugees, today, especially with the disaster taking place in Syria. We have limited resources -- human and financial. We must priorit...

Some Excluded in Quebec, Many Excluded From Canada

Syed Hussan | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada
Syed Hussan

Thousands are outraged at the PQ's Charter of Values. But while the wearing of religious symbols is defended, poor and working class immigrants themselves are being excluded from the entire country. Many are shut out entirely, and an immense number relegated to second class status as temporary migrants.

Democracy Failed Syria's Refugees, and All of Us

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

We can now admit the truth: the Syrian refugees are on their own. So let's stop pretending. The two million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries, and some four million remain internally displaced. The numbers are simply staggering -- the largest since the Rwandan crisis of the early 1990s. We shouldn't be surprised. Our belief in politics is at an all-time low, as is voter turnout in many countries. We seem frozen in time when it comes to troubling developments such as climate change or the rapid widening gap between the rich and the poor. Democracy seems incapable at the moment of meeting its most serious challenges.

Syrian Refugees Don't Care About Your Rhetoric

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

People worldwide can be forgiven for their sense of bewilderment at the constant back and forth between military and diplomatic solutions to the crisis in Syria. We've now been at this long enough for commentators to reverse their positions depending on the most recent developments. But there is one group -- a huge one -- for whom none of this really matters: refugees.

The Plight of the Female Refugee -- Breaking Barriers

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Senator Mobina Jaffer

We have learned from Bebe that the spirit of female refugees all over the world is unwavering. Every day more than 7.3 million women live and work, regardless of setbacks, to provide for their families. Women, who like all people, want nothing more than to have a better life for themselves and for those they love.

The Plight of Female Refugee: Bebe's Story About Life in Dzaleka

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Senator Mobina Jaffer

A young woman named Bebe has lived in Dzaleka for more than four years now. A refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she and her husband started a small restaurant not too long ago to try and bring in some income to help support their young daughter.

The Plight of the Female Refugee

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Globally an estimated 15.2 million individuals have officially been identified as refugees. Of those 15.2 million, 48% are female. That's more than 7.3 million mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives, who by the very definition of 'refugee' are unable to return to their homes for reasons far beyond their control.

JRAN: Standing Up For Human Dignity In Canada

Bernie Farber | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada
Bernie Farber

As a result of what many in the refugee advocacy community believe to be a time of social cruelty here in Canada, government policy in our country has...

UN: Highest Number Of Refugees Since 1994

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Refugee numbers around the world are at their highest level since 1994, the United Nations refugee agency reported Tuesday in a sobering look...

Refugee Care: We Are Standing Up To Say That This Is Wrong

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

Today, as we celebrate the National Day of Action against the Refugees Healthcare cuts on June 17th, I decided to interview Benjamin Langer, a third-year medical student, to enlighten Canadian readers regarding the budget cuts in Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).

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...

Mali: The People Behind the Headlines

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

We've seen an increasing amount in the news about Mali lately. A West African country in the grips of a conflict so brutal almost 400,000 people, mainly women and children, have had to flee their homes. With these concerns in mind, Plan has been stepping up our regular programs in Mali to help people through this period in their lives.

Seeking Asylum From These Countries? Good Luck

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Mexico, a country currently in the throes of an epidemic of drug-related violence, is no longer considered by Canada to be a genuine source o...

Jason Kenney Owes This Immigrant Family One Big Apology

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

Adel Benhmuda is owed an apology from this country, as are his wife, Aisha, and their four children. After living in Canada for several years their refugee claim failed and Benhmuda's assertions that he would be tortured in Libya were dismissed. In 2008 the family was deported. Upon arrival in Libya, Adel was arrested and tortured. What I would like Minister Kenney to do is stand up in the House of Commons, admit that his beloved asylum system made a grave error and most importantly, apologize to the Benhmudas for what their family was forced to go through.

Why Is There No Refuge for Roma Refugees?

Stephanie J. Silverman | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Stephanie J. Silverman

A designated country of origin (DCO) is a country declared as "safe," on grounds that it can provide adequate protection to its citizens and therefore not likely to produce refugees. It also discounts the treatment of some minority groups in so-called "safe" countries perhaps most particularly, the Roma in Europe.

He's Not Buying Refugees From These 27 Countries

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Having dispensed with Canada's first list of countries from which refugee claims will be fast-tracked, immigration officials must now wrestle...

How Kenney Is Killing Refugee Health Care

Ritika Goel | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Ritika Goel

Today, Jason Kenney and the Conservative government announce a controversial list of countries that will determine who does and does not get access to healthcare in this country. This is what the government has facetiously called "public health and safety coverage" illuminating their limited understanding of the field of public health. As a family doctor working with refugees and refugee claimants, the potential impacts of this policy are horrifying. We will no doubt see individuals left with no choice but to allow their health to worsen before seeking services. It seems to me that this is a lose-lose situation.

Bill C-43 Treats Immigrants Like Criminals

J.S. Vijaya | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics
J.S. Vijaya

Bill C-43 The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act: An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act thus far has passed First Reading. As a criminal defence lawyer working in the multicultural city of Toronto, I will have to quickly ascertain the citizenship of my clients in the first interview and quickly advise them of the potential dire consequences if they are either refugees or non-citizens.