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Migration simulation puts participants in shoes of refugees

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A forced migration simulation will be taking place at McDiarmid Alliance Church on Nov. 7 to give participants an idea of what it’s like for refugees forced to leave their home countries. The event is a partnership between MANSO, Westman Immigrant Services and Mennonite Central Committee of Manitoba (MCC). Darryl …

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Syrian tailor sews new life on Nova Scotia’s South Shore

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In the short time Rezan Iso has lived on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, he’s earned a reputation. He can make just about anything on a sewing machine. Iso, who calls himself the Syrian Tailor of Mahone Bay, arrived in the small community a little over a year ago with his …

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New Montreal residence for asylum seekers helps build bridges to those in need

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After eleven months of planning, a new home for asylum seekers has officially opened in Montreal. Called Le Pont, French for The Bridge, the rooms are located in the presbytery at Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Parish in the city’s east end. Montreal’s Catholic diocese says by helping newcomers get settled, it’s responding to a need in the community. “As human …

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Immigration minister dismisses Trump security concerns over newcomers

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OTTAWA –Immigration, Citizenship, and Refugees Minister Ahmed Hussen is dismissing American-style security concerns over immigration, putting Canada’s new plan to bring in nearly a million newcomers over the next three years in stark contrast with the recent U.S. clampdown under Donald Trump. Hussen called Canada a “world leader” in settling …

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After Syria initiative, UN looks to Canada as a refugee haven

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will ask Ottawa to consider a special program to bring in more refugees similar to the Syria initiative of two years ago when he meets the Prime Minister on Monday. But this time, rather than concentrating on one hot spot, UNHCR Filippo Grandi …

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Canadian government to match donations for Rohingya refugees

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As the federal government announced a matching fund to help more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees, Canada’s Catholic humanitarian aid and development agency was already on the ground in Bangladesh delivering aid to desperate people in Cox’s Bazar. The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has partnered with Caritas Bangladesh …