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Canada not doing enough with its highly educated immigrants, StatsCan says

Jessica Wong · CBC News · Posted: Dec 01, 2022

Being a physician has been a lifelong dream for 35-year-old Ayman Jabril. He's passionate about caring for patients, clearly explaining medical treatments, and following up with them over time. He trained and worked as a physician in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, but has yet to make headway getting further training and certification in Canada, despite having completed a host of qualification exams since arriving in 2017. 

Palestinian refugee's desperate plea for housing in Canada prompts Jewish family to open their door

Adrian Ghobrial CTV National News Nov. 29, 2022

 In her past life Aziza Abu Sirdana has only known war, conflict, fear and isolation.

“If you are born in Gaza you don't know what life is,” she told CTV National News.

The 22-year-old Palestinian refugee fled to Canada after she learned about her father and grandfather's plans to hunt her down and kill her.

How the Canada Border Services Agency tolerates and even encourages refugee mistreatment

The Canadian Press Nov 28, 2022  

Authors: Kathryn Tomko Dennler, Immigration Researcher, York University, Canada and Brianna Garneau, PhD Candidate, Socio-legal Studies, York University, Canada

Refugee advocates have long known about systemic problems with immigration enforcement in Canada, resulting in wrongful detentions and deportations, as well as people being tortured upon return to their countries of origin.

Immigration partnership launches welcome app for Sarnia-Lambton newcomers

Tyler Kula The Observer Nov 28, 2022  

It was maybe eight years ago when the Sarnia-Lambton Local Immigration Partnership first started talking about developing a smartphone app to make it easier and more welcoming for newcomers here to get settled, an official says.

“Sadly, things like this cost quite a bit of money,” said Stephanie Ferrera.

Sean Fraser: 'Unacceptable' that immigrant surgeons are working as taxi drivers

Naimul Karim Financial Post Nov 25, 2022  

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said changes to Canada’s immigration program next year will rebalance the world’s “most powerful economic migration system” in a way that will help hospitals, builders and other employers address chronic labour shortages, as opposed to focusing mainly on “highly skilled workers.”

Afghans who worked on Canadian-funded projects feel abandoned waiting for refuge in Pakistan

Janice Dickson The Globe and Mail 25 November 2022

A group of Afghans who worked on Canadian-funded projects intended to promote the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan say they are now stuck in neighbouring Pakistan and running out of money for food and rent, more than a year after they thought they would be resettled in Canada.

Ian Mulgrew: Canada's refugee system continues to fail Afghans

Ian Mulgrew Vancouver Sun Nov 24, 2022  

“We have been here for a year and two months. We don’t have a Pakistani visa as our visa expired at the end of June. We have applied for a new one, but we are not expecting to get it.”

Momtaz and her family are the kind of refugees that you would think Canada would encourage, but the bureaucracy of the immigration system has created an unequal, complex and often-unfair process.

What are Immigration Canada's plans for your country?

Rhythm Sachdeva CTV News Nov. 23, 2022

Shortly after the federal government unveiled plans for its ambitious goal of seeing 500,000 immigrants arrive each year by 2025, The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published its strategic objectives for Asia and the Americas.

The federal government's immigration goals put a heavy emphasis on admitting more permanent residents with needed work skills and experience to supplement Canada's historic labour shortage.