Halifax researcher says lifestyle, jobs key to boosting Nova Scotia’s immigrant retention

June 17, 2018

By The Star | A professor at Saint Mary’s University says the key to retaining immigrants in Nova Scotia is being able to offer meaningful employment, and sell them on “the smell of the sea.” Ather Akbari, chair of the Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity, said Nova Scotia’s 75 per cent retention rate can be improved by providing greater economic opportunity. “The retention of immigrants...

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Burnaby library celebrates World Refugee Day

June 13, 2018

By Chris Campbell, Burnaby Now | Burnaby residents are invited to celebrate World Refugee Day. Burnaby Public Library hosts an event at the Metrotown branch on June 19 at 7 p.m. with three world-renowned guest speakers. Martina Scholtens is a family doctor who served refugees at a Vancouver clinic and wrote a popular book about the experience. Hanadi Ibrahim is a professor from Syria living in Canada. Sina Yetbarek is...

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Stories of shoes lace immigrants from around the world together in Vancouver

June 13, 2018

By Becca Clarkson, Vancouver Sun | Would you be able to condense your life story into 600 words and narrate it in your second or third language to a room of strangers? That’s what 12 female immigrants will do for the Shoe Project: Walk in Their Shoes — a writing workshop-turned-performance piece making its West Coast premiere at the Museum of Vancouver, June 22. The women have been working with...

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Boom or bust, immigrants are choosing Alberta — and they’re thriving

June 12, 2018

By Ameya Charnalia, Edmonton Star |...

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Refugee women scholarship in honour of MOSAIC’s Eyob Naizghi

June 12, 2018

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine | Eyob Naizghi, longtime executive director of MOSAIC, will be stepping down from his role with the Vancouver-based immigrant-serving agency at the end of June 2018. In tribute, MOSAIC has established a new scholarship for refugee women called the Eyob G. Naizghi Scholarship Award. The $5,000 award will be granted annually to a refugee woman leader to pursue academic or vocational post-secondary education. Whether her leadership...

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Entrepreneurial refugees enrich Vancouver’s dining scene

June 11, 2018

By Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun | At a long table in a West End Vancouver home, three Syrian women are dining Canadian style: A man is cooking for them. Hasne Omer, Ragdha Hasan and Maha Alambarabar, Syrian refugees and cooks for the hottest meal ticket in town, Tayybeh, don’t often have someone else doting on them, but tonight is different. For the occasion, they have donned their best hijabs, a...

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