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‘Refugees have a lot to give Canada’

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KITCHENER — Bringing refugees to Canada is a win-win situation, says a Kurdish woman who fled Iraq. “Refugees have a lot to give Canada,” Asmaa Cober said. “When you look at refugees, I urge you to look past their traumas and to their potential and strengths that they can use …

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Newcomer children most affected by lack of health insurance

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A 12-year-old boy from Afghanistan broke his arm while riding a bike bought by neighbours as a welcome gift. A Toronto ER turned him away because he had no OHIP and his mother couldn’t afford the $400 needed up front. A 12-year-old girl from Ethiopia suffering from juvenile diabetes was …

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Refugee board set to finally hear ‘legacy’ asylum claims

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The Immigration and Refugee Board is finally taking action to process asylum claims languishing in the system under pre-2012 rules, some of which have been waiting to be heard for more than six years. There are about 5,500 so-called “legacy” claims filed before December 15, 2012, when the former Conservative …

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We Must Start the Conversation About Return of Syrian Refugees Now

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As the Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, discussions of what happens after it ends often invite criticisms of naivete or premature optimism. Yet there can be no sustainable peace in Syria without a simultaneous and comprehensive plan to facilitate the return of more than 6 million internally displaced people and …

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Why We Won’t Hear From Refugee Girls On World Refugee Day

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Every morning Nyakor wakes up before sunrise, prepares her family’s only meal for the day — porridge made of seeds gathered from a nearby tree — and watches as children leave for school. Nyakor spends the rest of her day cleaning their living area, preparing meals and maintaining the household …