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Montreal, September 12, 2018 – Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is launching the global Share the Journey campaign here in Canada today to raise awareness on forced migration around the world and to call on the Canadian government to do more to address the root causes that force people to flee their homes.
Although Canada has experienced increasing immigration pressures, including receiving in 2017 the highest number of asylum claims in its history, the country has not witnessed the same acrimonious public debate over immigration seen elsewhere. It has adopted important reforms, including the introduction of a National Immigration Detention Framework aimed at improving detention conditions and reducing the use of prisons for immigration reasons.
BY PHILLIP CONNOR AND JENS MANUEL KROGSTAD
More people sought asylum in Canada in 2017 than at any point in at least a quarter-century, due in part to a spike in applications from Haitians entering the country from the United States, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Canadian government data.
With the number of refugees and internally displaced persons currently more than 70 million, the global level of forced migration is now greater than ever. The present arrangements for responding to their needs are falling far short in almost every respect. Fresh thinking is required to develop a more effective legal, social and financial framework to meet this challenge.
The World Refugee Council (WRC) was created as a catalyst for that fresh thinking, and as a forum in which policy innovations can be developed.
OTTAWA, Canada – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) praised Canada today for providing solutions to the plight of a record 46,700 refugees through their resettlement to Canada in 2016. This is the largest amount of refugees admitted in a year since the implementation of the 1976 Immigration Act and a significant contribution to UNHCR’s global appeal to increase much needed refugee solutions.
By Lori Wilkinson and Joseph Garcea
Since the fall of 2015, refugee resettlement in Canada has risen dramatically as the Trudeau government committed itself to admitting at least 25,000 Syrian refugees—a goal accomplished by the end of February 2016. As Canada expands its resettlement efforts, ensuring the labor-market integration and self-sufficiency of these new arrivals is a major challenge.
"The approach of our government in terms of welcoming (asylum seekers) and the political context in the United States have all been contributing factors"
By Sebastien Malo
NEW YORK, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of asylum seekers arrested while crossing over from the United States into Canada has sharply risen this year, following a crackdown by U.S. President Donald Trump on illegal immigrants, migrants and refugees, official data showed.
Since Jan. 1, several hundred people, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, have defied wintry conditions to cross illegally into Canada
By Rod Nickel and Amran Abocar
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 9 (Reuters) - Somali-born Abdulrahman Mohamed was a social worker in Grand Forks, North Dakota, for three years.
He had a U.S. work permit and earned a promotion while waiting for his asylum claim to be heard. He had an apartment and was sending $350 a month to family in a Kenyan refugee camp.
UNITED NATIONS/NEW YORK CITY, September 19, 2016 – The Government of Canada, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Open Society Foundations have agreed to launch a joint initiative aimed at increasing private sponsorship of refugees around the world. Research demonstrates that privately sponsored refugees tend to have relatively early, positive integration and settlement outcomes, thanks in part to the social support provided by sponsors.
TORONTO — Amir Al Jabouli leads the way, holding his Samsung phone out into the snowfall with his bare right hand. The instructions the speakerphone emits are barely audible in the whir of the wind. But Amir is focused.
February 18, 2016—Ottawa, ON – All refugees and asylum claimants will soon benefit from full health-care coverage through a restored Interim Federal Health Program, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum, announced today.
Le Haut-commissaire pour les réfugiés (HCR) s'est félicité de l’arrivée du 10.000ème réfugié syrien au Canada dans le cadre du programme canadien de réinstallation pour les réfugiés syriens, annoncé par le nouveau gouvernement en novembre dernier.
Canada is well known for many things – maple syrup, hockey, snow, and perhaps mostly for the kindness and politeness of its people. It should not then come as a surprise that while the world is struggling to find solutions to a growing migrant and refugee crisis, the Canadian government and people seem to have found an innovative approach to expressing their compassion and fulfilling their obligation – the private sponsorship of refugees.
Jul 30, 2014 by Kimberly Keeton
July 4, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada is contributing $20 million over two years to UNICEF toward ending child, early and forced marriage.
“Today’s announcement is the latest step in Canada’s campaign to end child, early and forced marriage”, said Baird. “This troubling practice is a violation of human rights and also hinders economic development. When girls can’t reach their full potential, everyone suffers—girls, their communities and their countries.”
Joint statement by Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom
30 October 2011 Perth, Australia
Ottawa, Ontario―Today, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced the Government of Canada's continued support to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). The Minister's announcement came on the eve of WFP's upcoming 50th anniversary and during the official visit to Canada of WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran.