Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 10, 2013


Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada, 2008 to 2012 (Statistics Canada)
According to the analysis on immigration, for the first time since comparable data became available (1980), Canada accepted a greater proportion of immigrants from Africa (13.8%) in 2010 than from Europe (13.3%). Data for 2011 show that the gap widened between the two continents, with Africa accounting for 13.6% of all immigrants admitted compared with 11.9% for Europe. Asia, including the Middle East, remained the main source region of immigrants to Canada in 2010 and 2011, as it had been in previous years.

Migration: International, 2010 and 2011 (Statistics Canada)
This article presents a portrait of recent trends in immigration in Canada, within an historical and international context, where possible. It also provides an analysis of immigration by category of admission of immigrants to Canada in 2010 and 2011, by place of birth and provincial or territorial destination as well on the age and sex distribution of the immigrant population. Source data for this article on international migration flows to Canada come from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), unless otherwise noted, and refer only to permanent residents.

Newcomer Seniors Engaged: Reflections of Canadian Life (Mennonite New Life Centre)
10 newcomer seniors from the Chinese and Latin American community produced short digital story videos to tell stories of migration, integration and family life in Canada. Digital storytelling allows everyday people to share aspects of their life story using accessible media production techniques and software. Digital stories combine photographs, video, animation, sound, music, text, and often a narrative voice.

Ramadan Food Bank (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Ziyaad Mia. He is the man behind the GIVE 30 initiative.

Statement — Minister Kenney issues statement on the month of Ramadan (CIC)
Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing the start of the month of Ramadan, which officially begins when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted.

Greek immigrant teaches Canadian judge about multiculturalism (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
Simon Fraser University professor emeritus Tasos Kazepides wonders why many new immigrants today are holding on so tightly to the traditions, values and language of their old country. The philosophy of education professor has a revealing story to tell about the subject; from the day he obtained his Canadian citizenship and shared a few sharp words with the presiding judge in the process. Kazepides’ story adds up to his response to the explosion of ethnic enclaves in Metro Vancouver and across Canada’s major cities. It’s also his reflection on such things as the expansion of Chinese-language signs in Richmond and Vancouver.

Amid visa delays, Bogota embassy advises would-be visitors to Canada to stay home (Campbell Clark, Globe and Mail)
“All Canadian visa offices around the world are working at reduced capacity and processing times for visa applications are uncertain at the moment. So we recommend looking for other options for a trip that do not include a stop in Canada,” an official in the embassy’s immigration section stated in what appeared to be a rote Spanish-language reply. It is not, according to Alexis Pavlich, a spokesperson for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, an approved message, and she insisted it was sent to only a handful of people who were planning to travel through Canada, rather than stay. But the e-mail, sent to an employee of a major Canadian tourism company, has frustrated industry leaders who say it’s an unguarded reflection of the Canadian government’s message to tourists who need visas.


Federal Cuts Block Access to Healthcare for Toronto Refugees (Jennifer Hough, Torontoist)
Vulnerable woman are being forced to choose between healthcare and food, and are accessing health services dangerously late, the executive director of a women’s clinic has warned. Notisha Massaquoi, who heads up Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, a Toronto community health centre, blames the situation on federal cuts to benefits for refugees. Massaquoi said the issue is a major concern for the downtown clinic she has worked at for almost 20 years. “If you are a refugee to Canada, in the past you had healthcare paid for. Now, this is not the case. Women are not accessing healthcare, and when they are it is much later than it should be,” she said. “From our point of view, we have a group of clients who were covered [with an OHIP-like benefit] but now are not, they are caught in the system.”

Zambia-style health care in Canada (Vanessa Wright, National Post)
More recently, back home in Canada, I met a woman from Africa at the medical clinic for refugees where I work. She came to this country to escape persecution and violence in her country. She was very pregnant and very worried. Her vision had become blurry and her abdomen hurt, but it wasn’t labour pains. I took her blood pressure and it was dangerously high. She had preeclampsia and was at risk of damaging her brain, liver and kidneys. She needed immediate surgical care. I insisted she go to the hospital. Again, I felt torn, just like I had in Zambia. In the past, this woman would have been given health insurance as a refugee in Canada. But thanks to recent federal cutbacks, certain refugee claimants must wait for months to determine if they are eligible for health coverage. She had already sacrificed everything she owned to make it here. I knew she could not afford the health care she would need. This was my first experience with Third World-style health care in Canada. But unless the federal government changes its policies, there will be others.

Resettling Syrian Refugees in Canada: FWCanada Perspective (PRWeb)
In the beginning of this month, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that the Canadian government would resettle up to 1,300 Syrian refugees by the end of next year. This is a response to the violent crisis that erupted in Syria since 2011, and demonstrate Canada’s tradition of humanitarian commitment and generous immigration system. “The number of refugees that Canada accepts may be too small to effectively alleviate the stress of a refugee flood in the region, but it is enough to show that Canada is willing to provide humanitarian assistance while remaining pragmatic about immigration,” said Marisa Feil, a Montreal-based Canadian immigration lawyer.


Toronto hotel workers celebrate precedent-setting contract (Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star)
The Hilton agreement is an “encouraging development” at a time when unions are increasingly under attack, said organized labour expert Winnie Ng. As manufacturing jobs continue to move off-shore, the hospitality and tourism sectors are emerging as a stable source of employment, said Ng, the Sam Gindin chair in social justice and democracy at Ryerson University. “Twenty dollars an hour is still not very much. But it’s a decent living wage for a lot of workers, particularly from the immigrant and racialized communities,” she said. “It’s encouraging that these workers are not joining the race to the bottom, but maintaining and raising the standard.”


Partnership between Filipino Accountants & Recruiting Firm shows Net Gains for Both (PINs)
Connecting with employers is a critical step for new immigrants looking for employment; it is also one of the most difficult. For the Association of Filipino Canadian Accountants (AFCA), a strong partnership with a recruiting firm has translated into new and meaningful connections with employers. In 2009 TRIEC introduced AFCA to Robert Half Finance and Accounting, a staffing firm that specializes in the placement of accountants. Previously, Robert Half had been able to place a small number of Filipino trained accountants quickly and to their client’s satisfaction. They wanted to build on this success by expanding their pool of Filipino trained accountants.

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