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.
On his second visit to the country as High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi urges Prime Minister Trudeau to consider doing more for refugee women and girls at risk.
By Leyland Cecco | 07 November 2017
More than 200 people a day are illegally walking across the border into Quebec to seek asylum
By Anna Mehler Paperny
SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Quebec, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Dozens of army tents dotted the Canadian border on Thursday to house hundreds of asylum seekers, many from Haiti, streaming into the country from upstate New York to file refugee claims.
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Glady Zúñiga llegó a Canadá en búsqueda de seguridad para sus hijos. Tres décadas después, ella aún le muestra su gratitud al país que ahora llama hogar.
ONTARIO, Canadá, 18 de julio de 2017 (ACNUR) - Todos los años Gladys Zúñiga promete retirarse de su trabajo como preparadora de alimentos en una guardería en Newmarket, Ontario. Y cada año, ella vuelve.
“Extrañaré ir todos los días”, dice Gladys, quien asegura que esta vez sí se retirará. Ahora tiene 70 años, cinco años por encima de la edad oficial de Canadá para retirarse. “Los niños…ellos son especiales”.
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.
The Arab Community Center of Toronto is dedicated to assisting Syrian and Iraqi refugees. With an introduction from the Toronto municipal government, Tzu Chi volunteers worked with them to provide aid to 80 refugee families. This was done in accordance with a Middle Eastern diet as Tzu Chi volunteers procured the emergency aid and boxed it to be delivered to the Toronto Arab Community Center.
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.
By Jonathan Fowler
MONTREAL, Canada, 8 March 2017 – Canadian businesses have joined a UN-backed drive to bolster resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, sending a strong signal during the Americas region’s top disaster risk reduction conference.
Uncertainty caused by Trump’s policies has pushed asylum seekers to take long, risky routes that in one case cost two Ghanian men several fingers to frostbite
A growing number of asylum seekers are braving freezing cold temperatures to walk into Canada from the US, driven by fears of what Donald Trump’s presidency will mean for refugees, advocates say.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
1,750 refugees residing in Sudan have been resettled to Canada with the support of IOM Sudan so far this year, reaching 50% of Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship commitment to resettle of 3,500 refugees residing in Sudan in this fiscal year ending 31 March 2017.
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.
September 6, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Communities across Canada are gearing up to welcome Syrian refugees this fall as the pace of arrivals in Canada will be increasing in the coming weeks. Work to process Syrian refugee cases has continued over the summer and thanks to this effort and the delivery of pre-arrival orientation information sessions, more Syrian refugees are now ready to arrive in Canada.
Private sponsors ease refugees into new lives
By Brynna Leslie, IRIN Contributor
OTTAWA, 14 July 2016
Shortly after midnight on 31 December 2015, Iman and Zaher Ahmad* and their two young daughters arrived at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada after a 14-hour flight from Beirut.
They didn’t speak English. Not a word. There was confusion as they were moved into lines with other Syrians to be processed by immigration officials at Canada’s largest airport.
In 2016, the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) program celebrates an important milestone – having provided pre-arrival settlement support to 200,000 Canada-bound refugees and immigrants.
It is 7:30am and already a group of 23 refugees patiently waits in the COA training room at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission in Nairobi, Kenya.
Today is their first day of a three-day orientation session.