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Many older Canadian immigrants live on less than $11,000 per year

March 2, 2015

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun | METRO VANCOUVER — Zahra Khaleghi was 52 years old when she came to Canada as a refugee just over a decade ago. She had no ability to communicate in English and five children to look after. The family squeezed into an apartment in Coquitlam, where Khaleghi deteriorated in a spiral of isolation and depression. She tried to take some English classes, but was unable...

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Immigration: Is big money paying off?

February 27, 2015

Refugee immigrants are reporting higher incomes to the Canada Revenue Agency than investor-class immigrants, according to data compiled by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Furthermore, the rate of investor immigrants reporting any income whatsoever is far below the Canadian average. The findings, reported last week by Ian Young of the South China Morning Post, may indicate the expected social and economic benefits of the investor-class program have not shown dividends....

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Austria bans foreign financing of Muslim groups

February 25, 2015

Austria’s parliament passed a law on Wednesday that seeks to regulate how Islam is administered, singling out its large Muslim minority for treatment not applied to any other religious group. The “Law on Islam” bans foreign funding for Islamic organizations and requires any group claiming to represent Austrian Muslims to submit and use a standardized German translation of the Koran. The law met with little opposition from the overwhelmingly Roman...

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Afghan immigrant studying in Vancouver wins Loran scholarship

February 25, 2015

When Somaya Amiri was a little girl, she’d watch each morning as her big brother hoisted a backpack over his shoulders and walked to school in Afghanistan’s Behsood District. She remembers desperately wanting to go too. The day she decided to follow him, her father noticed she was missing from the house and caught up with her at the school. He was furious. “When I got home my mom and...

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Temporary foreign worker mass exodus expected April 1

February 25, 2015

A mass exodus of temporary foreign workers is on the horizon, employers and lawyers predict. Beginning April 1, low-skill, temporary foreign workers who have been in Canada at least four years will be forced to leave. Most of those workers are employed in the agricultural and fishing industries. Bill Stevens, the CEO of Mushroom Canada, is pushing for a reprieve. “Frankly, it’s crisis with us because we’re losing workers who...

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Program aims for greater ethnic diversity on boards

February 25, 2015

One in five Canadians is an immigrant, and in 15 years visible minorities will make up nearly a third of this country’s population. But the unelected bodies that hold sway in a community, the boards of public institutions and agencies, typically have significantly fewer immigrants and visible minorities than might be expected given their share of population. How to change that situation is a question that has preoccupied Ratna Omidvar,...

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