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Pallister, congressman issue joint release on border jumpers

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Premier Brian Pallister and a Minnesota congressman say they want to raise awareness about the risks faced by asylum seekers crossing into Canada on foot. A news release issued by the province and Minnesota said both places have a proud history of welcoming refugees fleeing dire circumstances, but warned purposely …

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Ottawa moving quickly to reunite Yazidi boy with mother in Winnipeg

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A Winnipeg group that works with Yazidi refugees says it’s been assured by federal officials that a boy recently rescued from ISIS will be reunited with his mother in Winnipeg. “We have been in contact with [Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada] and we have been assured the IRCC is expediting …

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Tortured Burundi teacher finds peace in Canada

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For half a year, school teacher Jean-Claude Ndereyahayo was tortured in a prison in Burundi. When he finally found refuge in Canada in 2007, all he landed with was an extra shirt and pair of trousers purchased from an airport shop. “I began to wonder, what will my life be?” …

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Manitoba & Minnesota Share Concern Over Safety of Asylum Seekers

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Congressman Collin C. Peterson (Minnesota) and Premier Brian Pallister (Manitoba) met recently to discuss the significant economic and security connections between Minnesota and Manitoba. During the meeting, they expressed their shared concern about the growing number of unauthorized asylum seekers attempting to irregularly cross the Northern border from the United …

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Syrian children go from refugee camp to theatre camp

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Syrian native Helen, 8, is experiencing a Canadian rite of passage for the first time — summer camp. She’s one of 15 Syrian children attending Laeib Play, a week-long theatre camp helping recent Syrian refugees adjust to life in Canada. “I say to my mom, ‘I can’t wait for tomorrow …

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Syrian refugees graduate with a new future

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It’s been a little less than a year since Syrian refugee Samir Massoud came to Canada with his wife, Manal Shalgin, and their family. After spending years working at a five-star hotel in Syria and then managing clubs in Lebanon, he had dreams of opening his own business in Ottawa. …

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Kurdish refugee tells suffering of his people through art

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Kurdish artist, forced to flee his home in Syria, hopes to educate people in his new home of Canada about the long struggle of the Kurdish people through his artwork. Janso Isso’s story begins in Hasakah, northeastern Syria where he was born in 1974. It …

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Anchorage, Alaska: An Unlikely Home for Refugees

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – They flee persecution, poverty and war – willing to live in dangerous refugee camps or cross oceans in over-crowded boats. “The government implemented an ethnic cleansing policy and then forcefully displaced that population out of the country  – and I am one of them,” said Hari Kefley, …