immigration

Provinces not jumping to cut refugee social assistance access

Provinces not jumping to cut refugee social assistance access

Feds pushed a law to let provinces and territories decide on minimum residency requirements, but no provincial leader directly says they will.


Visas on St. Lucia stay despite changed passport system

Canada cites other concerns about high immigration violation rates, asylum claims from Caribbean island state.


CIC turns to corporate Canada to help promote citizenship

Department partners with Canadian Tire, Maple Leaf Sports and the NHL to enhance citizenship ceremonies and boost marketing channels.


Opening doors: How Toronto supports needy newcomers

Nearly half of all Torontonians are immigrants. Many rely on grassroots settlement programs to help them get back on their feet after fleeing trauma. For those serving them, it’s not just a job, but a way of life and an experience they may have lived themselves.


Middling grades on ministerial report cards

Baird tops the pack, with Nicholson trailing.


Algerian visa centre shut temporarily over security breaches

Contractor didn't meet privacy, security standards before eight-day closure last year: CIC.


CBSA to end controversial return program for failed refugee claimants

Critics of the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration program say it failed to protect returnees.


The strategy behind the Paris attacks

They are not the Crusades. Neither was 9/11. These are wicked and tragic events, but not a ‘war of civilizations.’


NGOs say they weren't consulted on latest Syrian refugee pledge

Advocates surprised by high number of privately sponsored refugees.


Asylum-seekers: The limits of tolerance in Europe

Even in fairly open countries like Sweden and Germany, anti-immigrant sentiment is being laid bare.


Economic immigration, refugees to dominate 2015 agenda

Express Entry system and online checks for travellers from visa-exempt countries among upcoming changes.


Docs detail federal spending on Express Entry consultants

Department-generated list suggests nearly $1.5 million spent, but spokesperson says it’s less.


2014 hits and misses

Our compilation of this year's foreign affairs ups and downs.


Canada's refugee services: Victim of a hostile takeover

Looking back over 2014 it is encouraging to see that many Canadians have stayed true to Canada’s reputation of generosity for refugees, despite discouraging signals from our political leaders.


Caribbean state vows immigration overhaul after visas imposed

Canada points to problems with St. Kitts & Nevis' immigrant investor program.


When universities go global, everyone benefits

Just 3.1 per cent of full-time undergrads in Canada had an international experience in 2012-13.


Syrian refugee crisis: Canada must act

If Canadians had the chance to meet people like Ibrahim, I have no doubt that our government would respond more appropriately to the worst refugee crisis the world has seen in decades.


Canada, Chile ease travel barriers

Chileans now only South Americans who don’t require a visa to enter Canada.


Approved refugee health claims plummeted in wake of program cuts

Departmental report shows 45 per cent drop in approved claims, just as feds forced to reinstate coverage.


Protected faster, or fewer protected? The peril of ‘safe’ countries

Why we don’t need a list of safe countries to make Canada’s refugee system work quickly and fairly.


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November 26, 2014