Immigration & Diversity news headlines – August 1, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

enewsletter – July 31, 2013 (Cities of Migration)
In this issue:
• Welcoming a New Community Partner: The Committee for Auckland
• The Spirit of Hong Kong
• Not Migrants and Immigration, but Mobility and Movement
• Sunday in the Park: Hong Kong Domestic Workers Reclaim Public Space
• Diversity Day: Today and Every Day in Mannheim
• London’s Employability Forum
• Local Integration Requires Long-Term Commitment of All Levels of Government
• Sydney: Ethnic Communities Sustainable Living Project
• The Queen and I
• Good Ideas in the News
http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=467586

CIC and the Universities…move along…no scandal here… (E Wozniak, NS Immigration)
The Chronicle Herald published a story today warning that University enrollment will be impacted by the restriction of schools from providing immigration advice to prospective and current international students. http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1145194-universities-immigration-law-hurts-enrolment I have seen the letter CIC distributed to universities that has caused the uproar. To be fair, the letter is dense and confusing. However, I think there is a misunderstanding about what CIC is restricting and why.
http://nsimmigration.ca/2013/07/cic-and-the-universitiesmove-alongno-scandal-here/

Video – TWICE REMOVED: Double Punishment and Racial Profiling in Canada (Lilian Boctor)
Immigrants who commit criminal offences are punished twice: once when they’re sentenced for their crime, and again when they are permanently removed from Canada, even if they had lived here since childhood.This is known as “double punishment.” People are often subject to double punishment as a direct result of racial profiling: a recent study proves that racial profiling by police is endemic in Montreal. Neighbourhoods that have larger numbers of immigrants and people of colour are over-policed and criminalized. This film tells the story of Nicholas, who was deported on August 9, 2012, after living 30 years in Canada, to a country he hadn’t seen since he was 9 years old, and where he knew no one. His story shares many elements with thousands of others who have been deported from Canada and the U.S. as “criminal aliens” since the 1990s.

Foreign service strike frustrates foreign students, would-be immigrants and visitors (Tobi Cohen, Calgary Herald)
A strike by foreign service workers that now threatens to cripple the visa process for tens of thousands of would-be visitors, international students, temporary foreign workers and immigrants couldn’t come at a worse time, some experts suggest. Not only is it peak travel season and a time when international students arrive to settle in for the school year, there’s concern the added pressure will also compound existing problems stemming from a plan to restructure and centralize visa processing. “We’re talking about uncertainty to immigrants, and let’s not forget visitors and students — September’s right around the corner,” said Raj Sharma, a Calgary immigration lawyer.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Foreign+service+strike+frustrates+foreign+students+would/8733448/story.html

Foreign service strike adds to problems of centralizing visa processing: Experts (Tobi Cohen, Calgary Herald)
Administrative services were outsourced to a network of 38 visa application centres (VACs) in 58 countries — it’ll expand to 130 in 96 countries by next year — and existing files at sites that were closing were transferred to the central office in Canada, as well as offices in New York and Los Angeles. Other visa offices including Manila and Mexico City, which are among the 15 busiest consulates that saw visa staff walk off the job this week, also picked up the slack. With the strike, CIC is again shifting more work to Canada and other overseas offices. Some immigration lawyers say the centralization efforts, while a good idea in the long-term, resulted in extra long wait times that could only be exacerbated by the ongoing labour dispute
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/national/Another%2Breason%2Btime%2Bvisa%2Bofficer%2Bstrike/8732990/story.html&ct=ga&cd=MTQ5OTQzMjc2NjQ4Nzk0MTI3NzU&cad=CAEYAA&usg=AFQjCNHy4wDC4pi8Zcm2u6AJLYZOFQlpzw

Digital Journeys (Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington)
Twelve participants worked closely together and intensely over a three day period to create their digital story. The facillitators are currently travelling across Canada gathering more digital stories. Communities involved in this project include Langley BC, Lethbridge AB, St. John’s, NFL London ON, Toronto & White Horse in the Yukon!
http://www.is-gw.ca/journeys/

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY

The power of ideas (Editorial, Ottawa Citizen)
Every society, culture and civilization is based on someone’s ideas, whether about order, justice, power, or God. Ideas bind us together and divide us. They deliver freedom and tyranny. They help us prosper or reduce us to penury. One of the means by which we produce ideas is think tanks; that is, non-governmental institutions and organizations that conduct research and engage in advocacy for the purpose of influencing public policy — everything from economics and political and social policy to business and science and technology. No surprise, the United States has the most think tanks — about 1,800 of the approximately 6,600 in the world.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/power+ideas/8727556/story.html

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Tackling Brain Waste: Strategies to Improve the Recognition of Immigrants’ Foreign Qualifications (IECBC)
A new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report, Tackling Brain Waste: Strategies to Improve the Recognition of Immigrants’ Foreign Qualifications, examines the range of policies immigrant-receiving countries have introduced to improve the recognition of foreign credentials and focuses on strategies to remedy the credentialing gaps that keep many immigrants from fulfilling their professional potential. The report notes that there are issues other than credential recognition at play when it comes to maximizing the skills and experience of immigrant workers. Some immigrants require significant support to fill gaps in their skills, gain local work experience and address other barriers to employment.
http://www.iecbc.ca/about-us/in-the-news/news/tackling-brain-waste-strategies-to-improve-recognition-immigrants%E2%80%99-foreign

Research on Canadian Workplace Etiquette for Professional Immigrants (ERIEC)
ERIEC is working with Dr. Lai of the University of Calgary to assist them to recruit for interview candidates for a very important research project. This project will examine the socio-cultural interactions and issues related to etiquettes faced by professional immigrants in the workplace. For professional immigrants, while some of them are able to secure employments in their own professions, they are often challenged by the different cultural expectation and socio-cultural rules and customs that could be hidden and unwritten. Through this research project, they hope to conduct personal interviews with professional immigrants in the workplaces as well as employers and service providers for immigrants to identify these challenges and the approaches that could be useful for providing training and mentorship to these professional immigrants.
http://eriecedmonton.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/research-on-canadian-workplace-etiquette-for-professional-immigrants

Government imposes $275 fee on temporary foreign worker applications (Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen)
The federal government expects Canadian employers to request 30 per cent fewer temporary foreign worker positions this year as a result of a new $275 user fee that came into effect Wednesday. However, it’s not clear the fee will do anything to stem the rising tide of foreign workers entering Canada.The federal government expects Canadian employers to request 30 per cent fewer temporary foreign worker positions this year as a result of a new $275 user fee that came into effect Wednesday. However, since employers applied for 60 per cent more positions in 2012-13 than they actually required, it’s not clear the fee will do anything to stem the rising tide of foreign workers entering Canada.
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Government%2Bimposes%2Btemporary%2Bforeign%2Bworker%2Bapplications/8732625/story.html&ct=ga&cd=MzM1OTAxNTA5ODIyMzU3NDE5NA&cad=CAEYAA&usg=AFQjCNFv2gh9HhkW57LtpIpZJCf-TzqUbg

Skilled labour gap looms (Liz Bernier, London Free Press)
Vicky Ducharme, Executive Director of the SLWDB said that the trend will cause serious gaps in skilled labour. “We’ve done studies that show that in the (near future) we are not going to be able to fill all of the jobs with the populations we have here locally, so one of (our) goals is to present a welcoming community so that more people will come here — and more people will stay here,” she said. One of their solutions is attracting skilled immigrants.
http://www.lfpress.com/2013/07/30/immigrant-mentorship-program-offers-solution-to-skills-gap

Racism in the workplace (Todd Humber, Canadian HR Reporter)
In a recent post, I questioned a move by the Ontario Human Rights Commission to put out a policy that said asking for “Canadian experience” in job postings was discriminatory. Not because it wasn’t the right thing to do, but because I had hoped we’d moved past that stage by now. It’s 2013, after all. It’s a naive, albeit optimistic view. And to drive that point home, a copy of the Toronto Star recently landed on my porch with the headline, “Human Rights Tribunal fines farm $23,500 for calling migrant workers ‘monkeys.’”
http://www.hrreporter.com/blog/Editor/archive/2013/07/30/racism-in-the-workplace

Small business pans changes to foreign worker program (Daniel Maceachern, The Telegram)
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says changes to the federal temporary foreign worker program make it more expensive and slow, but the provincial federation of labour says it had become too easy for employers to turn to. The business federation this week launched a campaign in response to “recent worrisome changes” to the program, by mailing to each Canadian Member of Parliament a copy of a compilation of testimonials from small businesses that depend on the program. Vaughn Hammond, the federation’s senior policy analyst in Newfoundland and Labrador, said the point is to remind politicians the importance of the program to smaller businesses.
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.thetelegram.com/Business/2013-07-31/article-3333200/Small-business-pans-changes-to-foreign-worker-program/1&ct=ga&cd=MjMyNDY5NzU1NTQ2MDAwMDk3OQ&cad=CAEYAA&usg=AFQjCNHw54PlbRgxvQTtAztTJxHzp2B0wQ

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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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