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B.C. immigration crashes to 15 year-lows

October 6, 2015

By Frank O’Brien, Wester Investor | As a panel discussion on foreign home ownership prepares to convene next week in Vancouver, the latest statistics show that international immigration to British Columbia has crashed to 15-year lows. The first half of 2015 has seen a net increase of less than 6,000 immigrants into B.C., compared with more than 18,000 in the same period last year. This was the first time in...

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Federal court rejects Ottawa’s bid to suspend niqab ruling

October 5, 2015

By Sean Fine, Globe and Mail | The Conservative government’s bid to stop a Muslim woman from wearing a face veil while taking the oath of citizenship appears to have failed, after the Federal Court of Appeal refused to suspend its ruling from last month that the government’s policy is illegal. The niqab issue has become pivotal in the federal election. Polls show the government’s stance is popular with Canadians,...

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Can Canada save Maine’s population? See immigration trends across time with this interactive map

October 5, 2015

By Seth Koenig, BDN | The Pew Research Center released a report this week finding that the percentage of foreign-born people in America is on pace to reach a record high over the next half century, climbing from a low point of 4.7 percent in 1970 to nearly 18 percent by 2065. Nationwide, the percentage of the American population that is foreign-born is currently about 13 percent. In Maine, the...

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Canada’s refugees: Where they come from by the numbers

October 4, 2015

By CBC News | Refugees from nearly every country have come to Canada over the years. And often the countries they came from reflect the history of international crises, like Syria and Iraq today or Chile and Bangladesh in the 1970s and Sri Lanka and Haiti more recently. Over the last 10 years, about 26,000 refugees arrived in Canada annually, according to numbers from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Of that...

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Syrian refugee Danny Ramadan pays it forward with Vancouver fundraiser

October 2, 2015

By CBC News | It’s been a year since Syrian refugees Danny Ramadan and his partner Aamar, landed in Canada, and to celebrate they are throwing a fundraiser — but the money is not for them. Ramadan says they want to raise money to sponsor two more refugees to come to Canada. “I remember dancing on the phone with my partner,” Ramadan recalls, thinking of the day the embassy called...

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Canada’s municipal federation creates Syrian refugee task force

October 2, 2015

By Metro News | The mayor of Halifax and a city councillor from Vancouver will lead a task force set up by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to develop a response to the humanitarian crisis facing Syria. The federation says cities are traditional hubs for immigrants and Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax will be represented on the task force. It will be led by Halifax Mayor Mike Savage and...

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