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International, Society

Imams, leaders call for a halt to Rohingya refugee relocation

A diverse group of leaders from Canada and the U.S. has written to the foreign minister of Bangladesh asking him to stop the relocation of some Rohingya refugees to an island 60 km from the mainland.  In 2017, more than »

Immigration & Refugees, International

Canada may be accepting Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters as refugees

Canada may be willing to accept pro-democracy protesters into the country under asylum rules in what may be a sign of willingness to accept people fleeing increased Chinese control in the former British colony. The respected Globe and Mail newspaper »


World Vision calls for protection of vulnerable children during pandemic

World Vision Canada is urging the government of Canada to be a part of a global effort to help prevent COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, from having an effect on the lives of child refugees, migrants and impoverished children.  “We »

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Asylum challenge: Safe Third Country agreement in court

U.S.-Canada deal back in court this week A deal between Canada and the U.S. on asylum seekers is back in a Canadian Federal Court this week. Refugee advocates and their lawyers along with government lawyers will be arguing whether the »

Immigration & Refugees

Canada’s asylum backlog at biggest level ever

The waiting period to have a refugee claim heard in Canada is already long, with the claimed waiting period of a little under two years, although a five year wait is not unheard of. Canada’s acting Auditor-General, Sylvain Ricard, says »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics

Canada grants asylum to one of Edward Snowden’s ‘angels’

A Filipino woman and her daughter who sheltered U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden while he went into hiding in Hong Kong in 2013 boarded a plane to Toronto Monday after Canada granted them asylum, according to a charity that sponsored the »

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Seven refugee children die in a house fire

It is heartbreaking to learn that a house fire took the lives of seven children in the eastern province of Nova Scotia, but even sadder that they were refugees from Syria who came to Canada less than two years ago »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Donations enable hundreds of refugees to settle in Canada

A handful of philanthropic leaders donated almost $3.5 million triggering an effort that will enable 685 refugees refugees to settle in Canada before the end of 2018. Had this not occurred, a government allowance of more than 1,000 spots for »

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

Emergency meeting on asylum seekers

House of Commons Immigration Committee to meet today after increasingly tense month on the issue of asylum claimants Last week a tense meeting between Canada’s federal immigration minister and an Ontario government minister ended in name-calling, an abrupt exit, and »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Sending refugee claimants to U.S. is unconstitutional: court challenge

Sending asylum seekers back to the U.S. violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canada’s international obligations, argues a current legal challenge. The Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International and the Canadian Council of Churches have filed what »