Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Hameed and Saeed: End the detention of immigrants in Ontario jails

Yavar Hameed &  Haniya Saeed Ottawa Citizen Nov 23, 2022  

On Nov. 14, a campaign was announced in Ottawa to end the federal government’s contracts with provincial prisons for holding immigration detainees. This campaign, spearheaded by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, builds on the recent momentum of four provinces — British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Manitoba — that have agreed to end their contracts with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). It is time for Ontario to follow suit.