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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 »

International, Society

Myanmar budgets for fence to keep Rohingya out

While Canada’s special envoy has urged Myanmar to allow the safe return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, Myanmar has approved about $15 million to build a fence and other projects on the border through which they fled. About »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Canada’s refugee hearing board overwhelmed

This week Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)  admits it is being swamped by the increase in asylum claims.  It appears the Board has given up on trying to meet the regulations saying it must hear asylum claims within a »

International, Politics

Myanmar not ready yet for return of Rohingya refugees, says Bob Rae

Conditions on the ground in Myanmar are not conducive yet for the voluntary return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have sought refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh following a brutal security crackdown against the Muslim minority group, says Canada’s »

International, Politics

Rohingya refugee relief fund raises $25M from Canadians and federal government

The federal government will match $12.5 million donated by ordinary Canadians to charities that are assisting hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has called “a textbook example »

International, Politics

Canada announces matching aid fund for Rohingya refugees

The federal government is launching a special matching relief fund to help humanitarian agencies in Bangladesh to deal with the influx of nearly one million Rohingya refugees fleeing a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing in neighbouring Myanmar, Canada’s Minister of »