Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 25, 2014

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Judge’s ruling may help two Salvadorans stay in Canada (Oakland Ross, www.thestar.com)
Federal Court ruling is potential good news for two men who face deportation from Canada as ‘terrorists’ because they once supported FMLN.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thestar.com%2Fnews%2Fworld%2F2014%2F07%2F23%2Fjudges_ruling_may_help_two_salvadorans_stay_in_canada.html

Ottawa spurns UN criticism of years-long detention of migrants (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Border agency says our laws allow jailing inadmissible people, despite UN group’s statement that inability to deport a person doesn’t justify indefinite detention.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2014/07/24/ottawa_spurns_un_criticism_of_yearslong_detention_of_migrants.html

UN committee tells Canada to free ‘Man With No Name’ — the immigrant they don’t know where to deport (Jen Gerson, National Post)
A United Nations committee has told Canada it should free the Man With No Name — an immigrant who has been detained for seven years because the federal government can’t identify who he is, or to where he should be deported.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffeedproxy.google.com%2F~r%2FNP_Top_Stories%2F~3%2FzllFrHGgf4g%2F

Audio: Immigration Detention (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Syed Hussan. He is a spokesperson with the End Immigration Detention Network External Site.
Listen audio (runs 6:17) | http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2014/07/24/immigration-detention-1/

Pimping Diversity (John Fitzgerald, Huffington Post)
It has been said, "diversity management is a racket." Regrettably, there is a great deal of truth in this statement. In fact, "diversity management" has become a thriving industry with few bottom-line results that is in little danger of disappearing; we have all bought into a social construct that permits us to feel good about perpetrating a fraud. Corporations, universities, government agencies, minorities and "good white folks" alike — we are all complicit in pimping diversity.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-fitzgerald-gates-phd/pimping-diversity_b_5617661.html

Two acts of hate in two days: Canada is better than that (Mohamad Fakih, Toronto Star)
Muslims, Jews, Christians and others must unite in condemnation of acts of vandalism and hatred. My own son, born and raised in Canada, which makes him as Canadian as Wayne Gretzky, was told to “go back to his country” when stepping off of a school bus at the age of 8. It broke my heart to have to explain to him the concept of intolerance at such a young age. I was as offended by these ignorant words as I am to hear about what is currently happening in my community. I realize that this hate comes from a fear of the unknown; people are always uncomfortable with the unknown.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/07/24/two_acts_of_hate_in_two_days_canada_is_better_than_that.html#

Divided Loyalties – a Muslim Immigrant’s Reality (Lin Abdul Rahman, New Canadian Media)
Since the Israeli assault on Gaza began in early June, more than 600 people have been killed and thousands more have been wounded. Most of the victims were civilians, with children making up to about a third of the numbers.
http://newcanadianmedia.ca/item/17655-divided-loyalties-%E2%80%93-a-muslim-immigrants-reality

Black Refugee letters shed light on life after slavery (CBC News)
War of 1812 documents show literate, passionate Nova Scotian newcomers
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/black-refugee-letters-shed-light-on-life-after-slavery-1.2716951

Do people with accents face discrimination? (CBC, The Current)
New research suggests people often face discrimination because of the way they sound, and that even a person’s dialect can influence the way they’re perceived by others.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/07/25/do-people-with-accents-face-discrimination/

See the Immigrant Demographics Presentation that Audrey Singer Gave to the White House (Brookings Institute)
Recently, Brookings Senior Fellow Audrey Singer gave a presentation on “U.S. Immigration Demographics and Immigrant Integration” at the National White House Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration. In her presentation, Singer focused on trends in immigrant demographics, settlement patterns, and education and workforce characteristics. She also highlighted the contributions of the foreign-born population, showing how immigration has profoundly transformed the demography of the United States over the past several decades.
http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/brookings-now/posts/2014/07/singer-white-house-presentation-on-immigrant-demographics

Giving Cities and Regions a Voice in Immigration Policy Can National Policies Meet Local Demand? (Madeleine Sumption, migrationpolicy.org)
Immigration policies are typically designed and implemented at the national level, even though economic and demographic circumstances may vary widely across cities and regions. Large and fast-growing metropolitan areas are natural magnets for both immigrants and their native-born peers, while rural areas and small towns tend to attract fewer immigrants, even when employers have vacancies to fill.
In the cases of Australia and Canada, which have made regional nomination programs the flagship policies in their immigration systems, the national governments have delegated a certain level of authority to subnational jurisdictions to select their own workers. These subnational visa programs allow regions and localities that are not traditional immigration destinations to attract workers who would otherwise have gone elsewhere.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmigrationpolicy.org%2Fresearch%2Fgiving-cities-and-regions-voice-immigration-policy-can-national-policies-meet-local-demand

REFUGEES

‘This is the reward for the work we do'(Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press)
Pair celebrates birthdays by welcoming newcomers.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/this-is-the-reward-for-the-work-we-do-268561312.html

Providing Fairness for Refugees (Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)
Ontario Calls on the Federal Government to Provide Essential Health Care
http://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2014/07/providing-fairness-for-refugees.html

Feds slam Ontario gov’t over refugee health-care ‘scare-mongering'(Christina Blizzard, Toronto Sun)
Federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander slammed the Ontario government for "scare-mongering" over health-care funding for failed refugees.
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/straighttalk/archives/2014/07/20140724-072931.html

U.S. to pitch refugee-application plan to Central American leaders (Frances Robles and Michael D. Shear, www.theglobeandmail.com)
Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/us-to-pitch-refugee-application-plan-to-central-american-leaders/article19764137/

EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS

Is Your Community a Living Wage Community? (Living Wage Canada)
Communities across Canada are responding to the increasingly high leveels of low wage works living in poverty. Families and individuals should earn an income sufficient to pay for the basic necessities of life, so they can live with dignity and participate as active citizens in our society. The living wage is a call to private and public sector employers to pay wages that are sufficient to provide for basic needs of families.
http://ow.ly/i/6bJg0/original

Promoting a Diverse Culture in the Workplace (BioTalent Canada)
Workplace diversity refers to the differences among people in an organization. Diversity not only involves how people perceive themselves, but how they perceive others. Those perceptions affect their interactions. Diversity encompasses concepts of race, gender, ethnic group, age, personality, cognitive style, tenure, organizational function, education, background and more.
http://www.biotalent.ca/en/article/promoting-diverse-culture-workplace#sthash.fesQosif.dpuf

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