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Local Immigration Partnership calls for federal support with ongoing Ukrainian resettlement effort

Galen Simmons Stratford Beacon Herald Published Feb 16, 2023  

As donor and volunteer fatigue begins to take its toll and international news outlets warn of the potential for renewed Russian aggression in Ukraine, the Multicultural Association of Perth Huron and a collective of community groups in the region that assist with refugee resettlement are calling on the federal government for more support.

Ukrainian children stuck in Mexico after visa issues will be able to return to Canada soon, guardian says

Julia Wong · CBC News · Posted: Feb 16, 2023

The legal guardian of three Ukrainian children who became stuck in Mexico during a trip learned Thursday she will be able to get the kids back to Canada where they fled during the war, after CBC News made multiple inquiries with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

Cornwall, Ont. calling for more federal resources to help with influx of asylum seekers

Nate Vandermeer CTV News Ottawa Feb. 21, 2023

Asylum seekers crossing into Quebec from the United States continue to arrive in Cornwall, Ont. and the city says it needs federal help to handle the situation.

Around 800 people are now being housed in Cornwall at the Dev Centre and the former Ramada Inn on Brookdale Avenue, after crossing the Canada-U.S. border at Roxham Road into Quebec.

Asylum seekers facing uncertainty as they navigate immigration process

Sarah Kester · CBC News · Posted: Feb 21, 2023

Nigeria and hopes to continue his studies to become a teacher. (Sarah Kester/CBC)

David Olorunleye has been in Canada since last August, living as a refugee in Cornwall, Ont. 

Olorunleye said he left his home in Nigeria in March, ending up in the United States before walking across the border into Canada. 

Turkish diaspora urges Canada to expedite immigration of families hit by earthquake

Irem Koca The Star Tue., Feb. 14, 2023

OTTAWA Turkish Canadians are calling on Ottawa to expedite the visa applications of family stranded in Turkey, after the devastating earthquakes.

An online petition signed by more than 7,800 people asked Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a two-tiered approach to resettle Turkish citizens in Canada.

Percentage of permanent residents becoming Canadian citizens in decline: StatCan data

Christian Collington The Canadian Press Feb. 15, 2023

StatCan numbers reveal the percentage of permanent residents who become Canadians has plummeted over the past 20 years.

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship says Statistics Canada data points to a 40 per cent decline in citizenship uptake since 2001.

The group's CEO, Daniel Bernhard, calls the drop alarming and says it should serve as a "wake up call" to improving the experience newcomers have in Canada.

New report raises concerns over labour exploitation of migrant workers during pandemic

Sawyer Bogdan Global News February 15, 2023

A new report looking at the impact the pandemic had on the exploitation of migrant workers in Canada is raising concerns about an increase in labour trafficking.

The groups involved in the report say a major labour shortage, coupled with the status of temporary foreign workers, is leading to more situations of migrant workers being taken advantage of.