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Refugee initiative takes on famine

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With civil war and famine ravaging their homeland, a group of South Sudanese refugees in Winnipeg is urging Manitobans to donate before more people die. Until June 30, the federal government will match donations made to registered Canadian charities that are responding to humanitarian crises in several African nations. The …

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Lovebirds find happy ending at immigration board

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Nearly five years after finding his soulmate, 53-year-old Tekhlu Beraki can finally bring his wife to Canada. On Wednesday, he convinced the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s appeal division his marriage to 34-year-old Ainom Weldegebrel is true love and not a scam. “She’s smart, she’s beautiful and she’s a …

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Canada’s Ruthlessly Smart Immigration Policy

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During a speech in Iowa last week, in the middle of his red-meat calls for a border wall and tougher immigration enforcement, President Trump called for something decidedly less sanguinary: “a total rewrite of our immigration system into a merit-based system.” This is one of the few consistent positions the …

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Hungary salutes Canada

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Canada celebrates 150 years as a free and democratic nation. For many people around the world, Canada is a beacon of hope, a place where people are kind and understanding. Canada’s known as a melting pot of many cultures tolerant of each other. In light of June 27th marking Canadian …

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English class cuts hurt newcomers

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Abdoul Toure has a master’s degree in economics from the French-speaking University of Mali, 15 years of work experience and a young family to support. “Now, I’m cleaning houses and mopping floors. I didn’t come to Canada for that,” Winnipeg’s Toure said. He worked while studying advanced English as an …

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Refugees flood Canada from the U.S.

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WINNIPEG, Canada – What started as a mere spike in new refugee arrivals, has become an established trend of refugees illegally crossing the border from the United States to Canada. And authorities don’t expect that surge to cease anytime soon. “At the heart of it all, is this real, very …

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How Syrian Refugees Made Canada A Home Away From Home

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This explosion was close — much closer than the others that had rattled the village on the outskirts of Homs, Syria, where Sultanah Alchehade lived with her four young children. This one hit the school next door, blasting out one of the walls of their house. Alchehade grabbed the children …

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Busting border crossing myths about refugee claimants in Gretna

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Seven weeks after a reception centre for asylum seekers opened in Gretna, Man., the town is hosting an event to bust myths about refugee border crossings. “I think what a refugee is, to begin with, is a very common misconception,” said Louise Simbandumwe, a former refugee from Burundi and co-chair …