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Commitment of love for Syrian refugees

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INNISFAIL – With just over a year since becoming cherished friends of the Badawi family, there is one certainty Tina Johnson still holds true from the moment they met. “All they want to do is become Canadians. They want to learn as much about Canada as they can, and the …

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Syrian refugees meet Manitoba sponsor community for first time

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A Manitoba community that sponsored a Syrian family into Canada got to meet the people they helped at a lunch Sunday. Residents of La Broquerie raised over $40,000 to bring the Rezieh family into the country. The family of five arrived in November but have been living in Winnipeg. On Sunday, they ventured …

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Canadians still pro-immigration, but souring on United States: survey

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As debates rage through much of the developed world over whether to close doors to newcomers, Canadian attitudes toward immigration remain positive. Canadians’ sentiment towards immigration hasn’t wavered in the past six months, with eight in 10 people still agreeing that immigrants benefit the economy, a national survey released exclusively …

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Refugee claimants coming to Canada through the United States not new

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MONTREAL — One spring morning, Alfredo Rivas and his wife, who was seven months pregnant, grabbed the small bags containing their remaining belongings and headed north to Canada, a place they’d never seen.A week earlier, they’d decided to leave New York City amid worries the U.S. president’s promise to crack …

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I’m not a threat: asylum seeker

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His case sparked an uproar after he damaged a cell at the Emerson port of entry, uttered threats and allegedly assaulted an officer. The case prompted the national union for border guards to declare half of all asylum seekers crossing into Canada to be serious criminals and the Canada Border …

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Canada on track for all-time high in asylum claims

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A document tabled by the Trudeau government this week reveals that Canada is headed towards an all-time high in asylum claims in 2017. The new data shows that, between January 1 and March 31, 2017, there were a total of 8,960 asylum claims filed through either the Department of Immigration, …