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Immigration & Refugees

Kosovo refugee welcome to be commemorated

Canadian Forces airlifted more than 5,000 Kosovar refugees fleeing the Balkan crisis in 1999 and brought them to military bases in the eastern province of Nova Scotia. The 20th anniversary of the so-called Operation Parasol will be commemorated with music» 

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Canadians: attitudes hardening against immigrants, refugees

The latest online survey of Canadian attitudes towards immigration seems to indicate a shift towards a less welcoming position. A poll commissioned by Canada’s publicly-owned broadcaster, CBC, showed that a clear majority (64%) said illegal immigration is becoming a serious» 

Immigration & Refugees

Canada resettled more refugees than any other country in 2018, says UN

The United Nations Refugee Agency says Canada admitted the largest number of resettled refugees last year and had the second highest rate of refugees who gained Canadian citizenship. Canada took in 28,100 resettled refugees, according to the UNHCR’s annual global» 

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

(interview) Criticism over government handling of Canada’s refugee claims

Canada’s Auditor-General, Sylvain Ricard, released a report yesterday that was critical of several aspects of government, among them the handling of asylum seekers. With a huge increase in asylum seekers entering into Canada from the U.S. at “irregular” crossing points,» 

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Illegal migrant numbers into Canada increase in August

(public commenting welcome-scroll to bottom to submit or read. Comments will be posted after moderating) The latest figures show the numbers of migrants crossing illegally into Canada has risen slightly in August. New figures released show the Royal Canadian Mounted» 

Immigration & Refugees

Survey: Canadian attitudes on immigration hardening?

(public comments open on all RCI stories – scroll to bottom to submit. Comments will be posted after moderation) For the past several decades, Canadians have generally been favourable to immigration, but a recent survey shows there may be a» 

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Refugee policy in Canada applauded

Canada’s refugee advocacy groups are celebrating “Canada’s leadership for refugees” at the same time as they “look for more” action to help asylum seekers. Today is World Refugee Day and the umbrella group, Canadian Council for Refugees has added its» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Canada announces new measures to deal with asylum seekers

Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen will travel to Nigeria later this month in an effort to find a way to stem the flow of Nigerian migrants who travel to the United States on tourist visas but then cross into Canada» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Children fleeing DR Congo conflict to Uganda report widespread rape

One out of ten children fleeing a vicious flare up of fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say they were raped during their journey to Uganda, according to a new assessment by Save the Children. More 73,000» 

International, Society

Canadian doctor champions palliative care for terminally ill Rohingya refugees

As a palliative care pediatrician Dr. Megan Doherty is no stranger to death and suffering. But her inability to do anything to ease the suffering of a little terminally ill Rohingya girl brought to a Bangladeshi hospital last year still»