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My Canadian immigrant story: The foreign credentials struggle

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Last month, the BBC Canada team asked readers about their immigrant experience in Canada as the country celebrates its 150th anniversary. In this story, we look at the difficulty even highly-skilled immigrants face getting work. Ramanuj Basu arrived in Canada in 2013, excited to begin a master’s degree in international …

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Ian Mulgrew: Ottawa provides 11th-hour cash for refugees

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Only days before it was being forced to turn away needy refugees, the Legal Services Society of B.C. has received additional funding from the federal government. The non-profit, legal-aid agency announced last month that it would stop taking applications for immigration and refugee services effective August 1 because it had …

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Hoffen auf Trudeau

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Die letzten Meter seiner fast zweijährigen Reise erschienen Mbaye Sow wie ein Kinderspiel, erinnert er sich. Er solle auf die roten lichter der Windräder zugehen, habe der Amerikaner ihm zum Abschied gesagt. Dort, wo der Senegalese die Grenze überqueren will, erstreckt sich eine scheinbar endlose flache Prärie, und im Norden …

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The Economist Who Wants to Put Refugees to Work

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At the end of his first year at England’s Durham University, 19-year-old Alexander Betts faced, as he puts it, “a long summer with lots of free time and not much money.” To pass the hours, he took a gig volunteering at a reception center for refugees in the Netherlands. “What …

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A New Life in Strangers’ Clothes for Syrian Refugees in Canada

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Like many Canadians, Debbie Rix was spurred to take action when she saw the now-iconic picture of the dead Syrian boy on the beach. Alan Kurdi — beloved 3-year-old son, brother, and nephew — was photographed facedown in the sand, a casualty of Syria’s hyperviolent civil war, and Rix couldn’t …

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Legal aid for immigrants, refugees saved by last-minute cash

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Refugees and immigrants in B.C. are no longer at risk of losing legal-aid services, after an emergency injection of cash from the federal government. The federal Department of Justice gave the Legal Services Society of B.C. an additional $385,000, which will allow it to provide legal aid for refugees and …