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Posted: 2017-08-18

Baloney Meter: Libs avoid triggering 'irregular arrival' of asylum seekers

OTTAWA — "They were talking generally there about a much, much higher mass arrival situation — not what we're dealing with. What we're dealing with is definitely a very high, steady increase of numbers and it is obviously taxing our agencies and our borders, but we are able to redeploy resources and personnel as needed and able to deal with the situation as it unfolds." — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, CBC's The House, Aug. 6, 2017.

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Posted: 2017-08-18

Mayor of Cornwall, Ont., has 'nothing against' plan to resettle migrants in his city

The mayor of Cornwall, Ont., says he has no problems with hundreds of asylum seekers temporarily settling in the eastern Ontario city, and that the centre chosen to house them is perfectly capable of doing so.

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Posted: 2017-08-18

Immigration board to audit process for reviewing long-term detention

TORONTO — The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada says it will carry out an independent audit of the process used to reassess the long-term detention of permanent residents and foreigners after two recent court decisions raised concerns that the rules may not always be applied fairly.

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Posted: 2017-08-18

'We want to work': Asylum seekers, groups call on Ottawa to issue work permits

As the federal and provincial governments take steps to accommodate a boom of asylum seekers, the professionals working with them are calling for temporary work permits to be issued.

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Posted: 2017-08-17

White Nationalism Is Alive And Well In Canada — Here’s Proof

If you were paying even the smallest amount of attention, the terrifying, tragic events last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., were inevitable.

For years, online forums and far-right media have been incubating racist, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant lies and conspiracy theories. Then, in Donald Trump, the far right found a sympathetic and high-profile political candidate, an amoral opportunist with a long history of anti-Black racism, a vocal supporter of Birtherism, and a man who announced his run for office with talk of Mexican rapists and immigrants stealing American jobs.

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Posted: 2017-08-17

Quebec wants Ottawa to speed up processing asylum seekers

Quebec is calling on Ottawa to step up the pace in processing newly arrived asylum seekers.

More than 3,300 people are currently waiting in temporary residences across the province.

The provincial government said the newcomers are putting a strain on the system, because it’s responsible for providing services to those people with temporary status. Quebec is providing them a place to stay, food, and other services, though all of that changes when and if the asylum seekers move on to the next step in the process. That is decided by Ottawa.

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Posted: 2017-08-17

Children applying for Canadian citizenship face hefty fee

Ottawa is treating minors like adults when it comes to charging them for their citizenship applications.

Although recent changes to the citizenship act allow those under age 18 to make an application without their parents, they must pay the same fee as adults — $530.

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Posted: 2017-08-17

She Has Been Waiting for Three Months for a Work Permit

Asylum seeker arrival well before the wave of migrants is currently awaiting a work permit for three months. She has since been forced to live in a house with her husband and two children.

“I want to work, I need to work on,” said Albelthe Jean, Haitian-35 years arrival of the United States last march.

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Posted: 2017-08-17

CBSA to provide update today on Quebec asylum seeker surge

The Canada Border Services Agency is expected to give an update this morning on illegal border crossings by asylum seekers, including providing the total number in July.

The federal and Quebec governments will also provide some new information.

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Posted: 2017-08-16

Philippe Couillard, Quebec Premier, Says Opposition Parties Are Encouraging Far-Right Groups

Quebec's opposition parties are encouraging far-right groups in the province, Premier Philippe Couillard said Tuesday in response to reports of anti-immigration banners being displayed in Quebec City.

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Posted: 2017-08-16

NYC councillor in Montreal to gather information for Haitian asylum seekers fleeing U.S.

A New York City councillor spoke at Montreal's Maison d'Haïti Tuesday about his search for answers on Canada's immigration policy, so that he can then relay the information to Haitians living in the United States on temporary protection status (TPS).

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Posted: 2017-08-16

Former Sask. minister shilling for Chinese immigration scheme 'appearance of a conflict,' prof. says

For the better part of the past five years, Bill Boyd was responsible for ensuring the integrity of Saskatchewan's immigration system. He was, after all, the province's high-profile minister of the economy.

Now approaching retirement from politics, the backbench MLA is promoting an immigration scheme that would benefit a company in which he's directly involved.

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Posted: 2017-08-16

More than half of Canadians think Ottawa isn’t in control of refugee issue in Quebec: Ipsos poll

As the number of refugees crossing the border into Quebec continues to balloon in 2017, a new poll shows that the majority of Canadians are skeptical of the government’s control of the situation.

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Posted: 2017-08-16

The Trudeau Government Accused of “Do the Ostrich”

The Trudeau government was nice to repeat that everything is under control at the border, many accuse him of putting the head in the sand by refusing to call a “crisis” – the wave of haitian migrants.

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Posted: 2017-08-15

The migrant surge on the border isn’t a crisis, it’s just a fiasco

Everybody stay calm, everything’s under control.
As Canadian Forces teams were busy building a tent village last week to accommodate a surge of mostly Haitian asylum claimants crossing the border from upstate New York into Quebec near Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, that’s what we were still being told by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Quebec Premier Premier Philippe Couillard. Relax. We can handle it.

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Posted: 2017-08-15

Refugee claimant released after being jailed ‘for no real reason at all,’ judge says

Ricardo Scotland, 38, a native of Barbados, is the single parent to his 13-year-old daughter, and had been held at a maximum-security jail in Thorold, in two stints for a total of 18 months.

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Posted: 2017-08-15

Asylum seekers entering Quebec on the rise: immigration department

The influx of asylum seekers entering Canada continues to grow.

Quebec’s Immigration Department has released new numbers showing that 6,580 people entered the country and made claims in Quebec in the first six months of the year.

That’s more than the 5,505 who made similar claims in all of 2016.

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Posted: 2017-08-15

Corbella: Trudeau has erased our border with one simple tweet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has, in essence, erased our southern border and torn up Canada’s immigration laws.

The results of Trudeau’s reckless actions are now well known. A flood of people — who are not refugees by Canada’s own definition — are walking across the world’s longest undefended border — and claiming refugee status.

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Posted: 2017-08-14

Parti Québécois wants to nix Safe Third Country Agreement amid asylum seeker boom

The leader of the Parti Québécois is calling for the suspension of the Safe Third Country Agreement amid a surge of asylum seekers arriving at illegal border crossings into Quebec.

Under the agreement, the majority of migrants coming from the United States who make an asylum claim at an official border checkpoint in Canada are denied entry since the U.S. is deemed to be safe.

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Posted: 2017-08-14

Paralegal found guilty of defrauding immigrants ‘appears to be on the run’

A professional watchdog revoked the licence of Victor Manuel Castillo Garcia for misappropriating over $1 million, using fake documents and offering immigration services for which he wasn’t licensed.

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Posted: 2017-08-14

'Common sense has left the building,' immigration lawyer says

Young Irish immigrants say they're frustrated and astounded at a federal government policy that insists they pass a test to prove they can speak proper English before gaining permanent resident status — a necessary step along the way to Canadian citizenship.

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Posted: 2017-08-14

Haitian asylum seekers crossing Quebec border from U.S. may head to Toronto, lawyer says

An immigration lawyer says as many as one in five Haitian asylum seekers crossing the U.S.-Canada border in Quebec may make their way to Toronto.

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Posted: 2017-08-11

B.C. lawyer falls short in bid to test refugee rules

A law that leaves refugees forever at risk of losing their permanent residency must continue to be tested before the courts, says a B.C. lawyer who fell short on Thursday in his efforts to have the Supreme Court examine the issue.

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Posted: 2017-08-11

Supreme Court will not hear case of refugee who could lose status after return visit to Sri Lanka

The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the case of a Sri Lankan refugee who risks being removed from Canada after returning to visit his home country in 2012.

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Posted: 2017-08-11

Cancelled asylum hearings 'devastating' to Ottawa refugee claimants, advocates say

As asylum seekers continue to stream into Canada in record numbers, dozens of refugee claimant cases in Ottawa are being delayed or cancelled with very little notice, say local advocates.

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Posted: 2017-08-11

CAQ calls for tighter borders, hardline approach to asylum seekers

Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault says Quebec border is starting to look like a 'sieve'.

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Posted: 2017-08-10

NATURALIZATION OR CITIZENSHIP - Loss of or disqualification from citizenship - Appeals and judicial review - Citizenship Act and Regulations - Interpretation

Appeal by Vavilov from the dismissal of his application for judicial review of the cancellation of his citizenship by the Registrar of Citizenship (Registrar). 

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Posted: 2017-08-10

Somalis with criminal records coming to Canada from US, intelligence report warns

As the United States has stepped up deportations of Somalis with criminal records, some have crossed illegally into Canada and made refugee claims under false identities, according to an intelligence report obtained by Global News.

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Posted: 2017-08-10

Baloney Meter: Libs avoid triggering 'irregular arrival' of asylum seekers

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen was warned by his officials that irregular crossings across the Canadian border could be on the rise this summer, which would require him to rethink the way the Liberal government is handling the situation.

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Posted: 2017-08-10

Quadriplegic worker who faced deportation wins permanent residency in Canada

A paralyzed Edmonton woman who lived under threat of deportation is rejoicing after the Canadian government granted her permanent residency on compassionate grounds.

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Posted: 2017-08-09

North Korea releases Canadian pastor serving life sentence

North Korea says it has released a Canadian pastor who has been serving a life sentence since 2015 for anti-state activities over health reasons.

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Posted: 2017-08-09

New Changes to the Express Entry CRS To Boost Economic Immigration to Canada

Immigration Canada (IRCC) announced in March of this year that as of June 6, 2017, candidates in the Express Entry pool who are French speakers or have a sibling in Canada may obtain additional points.

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Posted: 2017-08-09

Haitian government thanks Montreal for helping asylum seekers

Members of Haiti's government are in Montreal to offer thanks as their country continues to recover from environmental disasters.

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Posted: 2017-08-09

Canada welcomes refugees, but shuts the door on asylum seekers

Canada may love refugees like Syrians who are selected and screened abroad before they set foot in the country, but the same cannot be said about asylum seekers who wash up on our shores in boats, or who walk across our border with the U.S.

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Posted: 2017-08-09

Australian visa changes could have big impacts in Whistler

Changes to visa rules for Australians working in Canada could impact thousands of people working in Whistler - as well as the businesses who hire them, an immigration adviser says.

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Posted: 2017-08-09

Are Haitians coming from the U.S. migrants or refugees?

If the past is any indication, roughly half of the Haitian asylum claimants who have arrived in Quebec over the last few weeks will be rejected, and eventually sent back to Haiti or the U.S.

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Posted: 2017-08-09

Canada Working Holiday Quota For Taiwan Raised To 1,200 This Year

More Taiwanese will be able to take a working holiday in Canada in 2017 after Canada raised its quota for Taiwanese participation in the program from 1,000 to 1,200, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.

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Posted: 2017-08-08

Asylum seekers find themselves vulnerable on many fronts

It’s true that it can be a challenge to take care of people who go to any country asking for help — especially if they arrive illegally, and en masse.

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Posted: 2017-08-08

Children applying for Canadian citizenship face hefty fee

Although allow those under age 18 to make an application without their parents, they must pay the same fee as adults - $530.  By contrast, the fee is $100 for minors who apply for citizenship together with their parents.

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Posted: 2017-08-08

Migrants are being misled about Canada's immigration policy

Members of Montreal's Haitian community believe that migrants are coming to Canada because they've been misled on social media.

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Posted: 2017-08-08

Opinion: Trudeau’s lost all control of our border crisis

This crisis of illegal immigration along the Canada – U.S. border has reached a new pinnacle.

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Posted: 2017-08-08

Another Shelter For Migrants Opens in City's North End

Another shelter has opened its doors in the north-end Ahuntsic-Cartierville district to handle the flood of migrants and asylum seekers that have been streaming into Quebec from the U.S. 

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Posted: 2017-08-08

Venezuelans in Canada want Canada to take notice of crisis in their homeland

Venezuelan-Canadians who are scrambling to help their family and friends are asking Canadians to take notice of the escalating political and humanitarian crisis in their homeland.

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Posted: 2017-08-04

Students and researchers come to Halifax from around the world for unique summer course on migration and identity

Brexit. The U.S. presidential election. The ongoing refugee crisis. These are just some of the issues associated with migration and identity that we’ve faced over the past year.

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Posted: 2017-08-04

Beefed-up legal presence at the illegal border crossing

As dozens of people illegally cross the Canadian border each day, officials have beefed up their presence at the spot where many people cross.

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Posted: 2017-08-04

Why are thousands of Haitians streaming into Canada from the U.S.?

50,000 Haitians could lose protected status in the U.S., but Canada could deport those seeking asylum.

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Posted: 2017-08-04

Quebec dealing with 150 asylum requests a day: immigration minister

Quebec's immigration minister says the number of people seeking asylum in the province has tripled in the last two weeks.

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Posted: 2017-08-03

Immigration system benefits from ethical consultants

Federal regulators must promote the use of authorized immigration consultants and warn applicants about the scammers and crooks.

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Posted: 2017-08-03

What's next for wave of asylum seekers in Quebec?

Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil will be among the officials giving an update on the influx of new asylum seekers making their way into the province this morning.

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Posted: 2017-08-03

Surge in asylum seekers coming to Canada nothing new, community groups say

The reasons for a sudden surge in the number of people crossing into Quebec illegally from the U.S. may be something of a mystery, but community groups working with refugees in Montreal say one thing is for sure - the phenomenon is nothing new.

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