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Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Record 79.5M people displaced by war and conflict, says UN report

A record 79.5 million people were displaced by conflict in 2019, UNHCR, the UN Refugee agency reported Thursday as it appealed to countries worldwide to do more to care for those who had to flee their homes. UNHCR’s Global Trends »

Immigration & Refugees, International

Canada to provide $50M for UN refugee agency

As the world faces the challenge of looking after more than 70 million people displaced by wars and conflicts, Canada will provide $50.4 million over the next four years for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Canadian officials announced Tuesday. »

Immigration & Refugees, International

UN calls for ‘sweeping vision’ to deal with global refugee crisis

Humanitarian groups meeting in Switzerland for the first-ever Global Refugee Forum today say the international community needs to find “bold new solutions” to defend the human rights of refugees and the communities that host them. The forum, co-hosted by the »

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 »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics

UNHCR slams PQ’s proposal for fence on Quebec-New York border

The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is slamming a proposal by the leader of the largest separatist party in Quebec to build a fence along a section of the Quebec-New York border used by asylum seekers to cross into Canada. »

International

Canada announces $15M humanitarian and development assistance in Kenya

Canada will provide $15 million to support refugees and drought-affected communities in Kenya, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced Wednesday following a visit to the Dadaab refugee camp in the arid eastern part of the country, near the border with Somalia. Hussen, »

Immigration & Refugees, International

UN reports a record number of refugees

Since 2000, the number of people who have fled their homes has nearly doubled to 65.5 million, reports the UNHCR. It found that in 2016, one out of every two displaced people was a child. More than half of displaced »

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Canada admits record number of refugees in 2016

Canada has admitted the largest number of refugees in a single year in nearly four decades, according to the United Nations refugee agency. A record 46,700 refugees arrived in Canada for resettlement in 2016, according to the Office of the »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

UN official praises Canada’s refugee system

Canada’s private sponsorship of refugees garnered high praise from the head of the United Nations’ refugee agency who says the model should be an example for other countries. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Tudeau (left) went to Montreal’s airport to welcome »

Immigration & Refugees

Canada to miss target of 10,000 Syrian refugees for 2015

The federal government is likely to miss its target to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015 by a wide margin. An analysis of the government’s own statistics shows that as of Dec 29 only 4,295 Syrian refugees »