Overwhelmed refugee tribunal gives up on regulated timeframe for asylum hearings

February 24, 2018

By Vancouver Sun | Grappling with a historic level of asylum claims, the Immigration and Refugee Board appears to be officially giving up on following regulations dictating they must hold refugee hearings within a certain time. Meeting the legislated time frame to hear claims has increasingly posed a challenge for the independent tribunal as the number of asylum seekers has risen steadily since 2014. But after running out of internal...

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Mexico again among Canada’s top sources of refugee claims after visa requirement lifted

February 24, 2018

By Stewart Bell, Globe News | Refugee claims by Mexicans have increased sharply since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau allowed citizens of the country to enter Canada without travel visas, new figures show. Almost 1,500 citizens of Mexico had refugee claims referred to the Immigration and Refugee Board in 2017 — six times more than in the previous year, when they totaled just 250. A declassified Intelligence Brief obtained by Global...

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Refugee musicians will help raise funds for Canadian Blood Services, Inuit children

February 22, 2018

By Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen | Before he fled Syria, Mohammed Naser wanted to become a musician. He played a range of instruments — piano, drums, violin, guitar and oud (a Middle Eastern lute) — and sang powerfully and even piercingly. But five years ago, his homeland’s civil war drove him from Daraa, in southwestern Syria, to a refugee camp in Jordan. He spent three years there before coming to...

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Newcomers celebrate Family Day in true Canadian style: snowshoeing

February 20, 2018

By CBC News Event organized by Costi Immigrant Services to help recent immigrants forget about difficulty of starting over Family Day took on a special meaning Monday for dozens of recent immigrants and refugees, as they celebrated the holiday for the first time with other newcomers in true Canadian style: by snowshoeing. Most have only been in the country for a few weeks, and some remain separated from their families...

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Canadian citizenship should signify a commitment to Canada

February 20, 2018

By Vancouver Sun | Our MP sends out a regular newsletter, the main function of which seems to be demonstrating how many fine things she is doing for constituents. A recent issue contained a brief piece on citizenship and immigration, in which our MP referred to the Liberal government’s achievement in removing the “offensive requirement that, to become a citizen, a person must show they intend to live only in...

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Nominees sought for awards honouring Canada’s most inspiring immigrants

February 15, 2018

By Adam Martin-Robbins, York News | Do you know an immigrant who is truly inspiring? Then you ought to nominate them for an award celebrating their achievements. Nominations are open for the 2018 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards until Feb. 27 at 11:59 p.m. “These awards celebrate the significant contributions Canadian immigrants have made in communities across Canada,” Ivy Chiu, senior director, newcomer strategy, RBC, said in a news...

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