Immigration & Diversity news headlines – August 26, 2011

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Cultures West Magazine (AMSSA)
Cultures West magazine is published in collaboration with our members and community partners. Each edition focuses on a different topic in the area of migration, immigrant settlement and integration, or diversity, and includes features, articles, stories and member achievements
http://www.amssa.org/resources/cultures-west-magazine

2012 National Metropolis Conference- Website and Call for Proposals now open! (CERIS)
The 14th National Metropolis Conference will be held on February 29 – March 3 at Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario. The Call for Proposals for workshops is accepted till September 30, 2011.
http://www.metropolis2012.net/

Let them come – The West should be more welcoming to migrants—there’s competition from the East for them (Economist)
IMMIGRATION is a sensitive subject at the best of times, and this is not one of them. The economic crisis has destroyed millions of jobs in rich countries, making their governments especially touchy about the impact of immigration on the demand for indigenous labour. Such concerns are illogical, because immigration is counter-cyclical. Recession in rich countries has discouraged some would-be incomers from trying their luck. America, for instance, has seen a sharp decline in Mexicans trying to cross its southern border. Immigration to Europe has slowed. Some studies also suggest that increased inflows of migrants are a leading indicator of a pickup in growth.
http://www.economist.com/node/21526893

Money for music (Simcoe.com)
Students in Simcoe County will have their eyes opened to multiculturalism in music, thanks to a $15,000 federal grant awarded to Stellula Music in Schools. The money was approved under the Inter-Action Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Program (Citizenship and Immigration Canada), for a program entitled ‘Youth at a Rural Crossroads – Cultural Change in Canada’. It will assist Stellula Music, youth, community partners and local businesses in welcoming culturally-diverse performing artists into Simcoe County for workshops in schools. There will also be a closing gala event scheduled for October 27 at the Orillia Opera House.
http://www.simcoe.com/news/article/1070852–money-for-music

Whistler consultant claims immigration officers use ‘institutional bias’ (Pique News Magazine)
An immigration consultant who works in Whistler is seeking political help after student visa applicants were denied the chance to study French at a language school. Paul Girodo, director of Whistler Immigration Ltd. and a director involved in the decision-making processes of the Sea to Sky International Language School (SSILS), said that some officers working for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) are levelling an “institutional bias” against student visa applicants who want to study French in Whistler.
http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/pique/index.php?cat=C_News&content=Whistler+consultant+1834

U.S. believed new Canadian visa rules would stop flow of illegal Mexican immigrants: cable (Vancouver Sun)
U.S. officials in Mexico were happy in 2009 to see Canada impose new visa rules on Mexican tourists, a measure they felt would fill a gap in Canadian border security, according to a leaked diplomatic cable. The “July surprise,” as the U.S. Embassy in Mexico dubbed it in the cable posted Thursday on the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, gave Mexicans a 48-hour notice that they would require a tourist visa to cross into Canada.
http://www.canada.com/news/believed+Canadian+visa+rules+would+stop+flow+illegal+Mexican+immigrants+cable/5308014/story.html

Immigration board releases violent fugitive (Toronto Sun)
A violent fugitive who was nabbed after his mugshot appeared on a “most wanted” list has been released by an immigration board in a decision that has outraged border agents and their political masters.
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/08/25/immigration-board-releases-violent-fugitive

 

 

REFUGEES

Refugee plan catches flak (Toronto Sun)
Giving failed refugee claimants thousands of dollars to return home could make Canada’s “broken” immigration system vulnerable to even more abuse, says an immigration expert. Herbert Grubel, of the Fraser Institute, called the federal government’s plan to give failed refugee claimants $2,000 each as incentive to leave Canada promptly will attract fraudulent claimants and unscrupulous immigration consultants looking for a payday.
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/08/25/refugee-plan-catches-flak


EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Welcoming qualified newcomers is a sound economic strategy (Montreal Gazette)
The government is considering a reduction of eight per cent in the number of people annually admitted between now and 2015. And that’s bad economic policy, according to Quebec business groups that presented briefs on the issue to the Liberal government. The business groups are worried about labour shortages that have already started to appear, and they’re concerned that the situation can only get worse as Quebec’s population gets older. Recruiting skilled workers is hard enough, given the global competition for talent. Quebec will be handicapping itself even more if it limits a potential source of new labour.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Welcoming+qualified+newcomers+sound+economic+strategy/5310378/story.html

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Young Langley Woman Works to Save Women from Human Trafficking (The Province)
As the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce puts out a call for its annual Good Citizen Awards, the Valley Girls would like to make a suggestion: Tara Teng. This Langley resident has been on our radar lately, as the reigning Miss Canada has been using her profile to help save the lives of other, less fortunate women and youths: the millions of victims of the global trade in human trafficking.
http://blogs.theprovince.com/2011/08/25/young-langley-woman-works-to-save-women-from-human-trafficking/

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