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Up to 15,000 refugees stranded near Bangladesh-Myanmar border

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The UN Refugee Agency is concerned about the humanitarian condition of thousands of new arrivals who are stranded near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Since Sunday night, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh through the Anjuman Para border crossing point in Ukhia district in the country’s south-east. Many …

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Toronto shelter services under pressure from surge of refugee claimants

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Toronto’s shelter services have seen an unusual surge of refugee claimants over the past two years, and are struggling to keep up with them. According to a staff report heading to the city’s community development and recreation committee next week, the Shelter, Support, and Housing Administration (SSHA) is projecting that …

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Newcomers share stories from Syria at Regina library

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In 2011, Abdulnaser Alkhalaf and his family fled Syria. “I left my country to Lebanon country for four years …,” Alkhalaf said. “I hoped to travel to (another) country, especially Canada.” In December 2015, he got his wish and he and his family — wife Hened and their five children, …

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Canada drops asylum seekers hijab questionnaire

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Canada has suspended the use of a questionnaire that appeared to single out Muslim asylum seekers crossing into the country. The Mounties used the form to screen refugee claimants entering into Quebec from the US. Public Safety Canada says the document was “inappropriate and inconsistent with government policy”. Over 13,000 …

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Migrants to Manitoba not asked about religion

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A questionnaire used by Quebec RCMP targeting Muslim asylum seekers crossing into Canada was not used by Mounties in Manitoba, police say. “This was a local initiative in C Division (Quebec) and was not sanctioned by RCMP national headquarters and was not a national standard operating procedure,” RCMP media relations …

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Tech entrepreneur aims to take digital skills to refugees

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Tech entrepreneur Emma Sinclair hopes to raise £150,000 to run an education programme for displaced young people in a Unicef programme that aims to develop skills that might otherwise be lost. A United Nations Childrens’ Fund (Unicef) campaign to bring digital skills education and entrepreneurship coaching to displaced people around …