• Data on Canadian Immigrants from 'Shithole' Countries Might Surprise Trump
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    By: Arvind Magesan in Calgary, AB Defenders of Donald Trump say his “shithole countries” remark regarding people from Africa, Haiti and other nations was just Trump being Trump — the president may have used salty language, but it’s really just his way of saying the United States should have a merit-based immigration system like Canada’s. A generous interpretation of Trump’s comments are that immigrants from certain so-called “shithole” countries — African nations, Haiti and El Salvador — are not typically…
    Written on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:14
  • Changes Coming to Parent and Grandparent Immigration?
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    By: Kelly Toughill in Halifax Thousands of families will soon get a second chance to bring parents and grandparents to Canada. That’s the good news recently announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The bad news is that there is no chance Canada will keep its promise to issue 10,000 permanent resident visas to extended family members in 2017. Officials won’t even finish collecting the new applications until December and it will take months to process those applications after they…
    Written on Thursday, 21 September 2017 01:49
  • Shifting Our Conversations From Marriage Fraud to Marriage Breakdown
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    Commentary by Will Tao in Vancouver The Liberal Government finally delivered on their long-standing campaign promise to end conditional permanent residency for spouses on April 28. Previously introduced in October 2012 by the Conservative government, the conditional permanent residence regulation required those who were in a relationship for two years or less and had no children to live with their sponsors for two years after they became permanent residents. Some exceptions were carved out for individuals who were victims of…
    Written on Tuesday, 02 May 2017 14:18
  • Integration Models Highlight of Metropolis Conference
    Commentary by Andrew Griffith in Ottawa The just-concluded National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers and immigrant-service organizations. This year the conference was held in Montreal. Here are some of the themes covered and my take on them: Integration – The Search for a New Metaphor: This session, prompted by the Canadian Index for Measuring Integration (CIMI) discussions on the meaning and definition of integration (and my Integration and multiculturalism: Finding a new metaphor – Policy…
    Written on Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:46
  • Refugees from U.S. are Breaking the Law
    Commentary by Surjit Singh Flora in Brampton For many Sikhs in Canada today, the Komagata Maru incident still looms large in our consciousness. For anyone not familiar with this event in our nation’s history, in May 1914 the Komagata Maru sailed from Hong Kong bound for Vancouver, carrying 376 passengers. Most of the passengers were from the Punjab, India. All were British subjects. At that time, Canada had a regulation referred to as “continuous passage” which stated that immigrants must…
    Written on Monday, 20 March 2017 00:15
  • Brockville, Look to GTA, not India
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    Commentary by Don Curry in North Bay Municipal councils in Canada’s smaller centres do not appear to be at the forefront in analyzing demographic and diversity trends affecting their communities. They ought to be looking for immigrants closer to home, rather than overseas. I see it in discussions with municipal politicians from my perch in Northern Ontario, and in a recent Brockville Recorder and Times news article about attracting immigrant entrepreneurs. The municipality secured a provincial government grant to commission…
    Written on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:26
  • High on Immigration, Low on Citizenship
    News Analysis by NCM Newsroom Days after being sworn in as prime minister on November 4 last year, Justin Trudeau listed priority tasks for his ministers. Like that of his colleagues, the list for John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, drew much from the Liberal party’s election promises. While resettling Syrian refugees was the number one priority, McCallum was told that his overarching goal was “to reopen Canada’s doors to welcome those who want to contribute to its…
    Written on Saturday, 05 November 2016 15:54
  • A Canada of 100 million? Are they Insane?
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    Commentary by Howard Anglin There are some ideas so daft that it takes a very smart person to think of them. Or, in the case of a new proposal to triple Canada’s population to 100 million by the end of the century, it takes an entire committee of smart people. The authors of this particular idea are the fourteen members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, who issued their first report last week. To most Canadians,…
    Written on Friday, 28 October 2016 16:42
  • Are those Against Higher Immigration Levels Bigots? Think Again
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    Commentary by Pradip Rodrigues in Mississauga Last week, Canada’s innovation minister Navdeep Bains all but conceded that the Liberals needed to craft a positive message about boosting the number of immigrants into Canada. In other words those in favour of a massive increase need to put a spin on it. There is resistance to that idea from sections within the Liberal party as well as from Canadians worried about the effect more immigrants will have on their job prospects, let…
    Written on Monday, 24 October 2016 19:57
  • Monsef Birthplace a Non-issue
    Commentary by David Cohen in Montreal I feel compelled to comment on the case of Maryam Monsef, Liberal MP and federal Minister of Democratic Institutions, who has been caught up in a story about the location of her birth 32 years ago. Monsef, an Afghan citizen who arrived in Canada at age 11, was born in Iran. She had previously believed she was born in her country of citizenship, Afghanistan. Her documentation had stated that this was the case —…
    Written on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 23:38
  • Consulting Citizens on Anti-Terrorism Policy
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    Commentary by Phil Gurski Should governments seek public approval on counter terrorism policy? By now, I am sure that you are aware of the fact that a referendum carried out by the Colombian government on a peace deal with the FARC guerrillas was narrowly defeated. The difference between those in favour and those opposed was razor-thin, something like 50.2-49.8% In other words, the vote could have gone either way. My reading is that the low turnout was due in part…
    Written on Thursday, 06 October 2016 19:19
  • Conflating Cultural Values with Secular Ideals
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    Commentary by Jagdeesh Mann in Vancouver Though I have family’s roots in B.C. going back a century, I stumble when cataloging the “unique” values underlying Canadian culture. The default list reads like a dating ad: Canadians are compassionate, polite, enjoy nature. These, however, are hardly unique to Canada and when stirred together in our post-national pot, the parts fail to congeal into a distinct culture, complete with unwritten rules on family and community interactions. The sad reality is that Canadians…
    Written on Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:19
  • It's a Start: One Side of the Immigration Conversation
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    Commentary by Susan Delacourt in Montreal The conversation that Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been trying to open — about immigrants, integration and “anti-Canadian values” — was well underway in Montreal on Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. While potential Leitch supporters weren’t thick on the ground at the Canada 2020 Global Progress gathering, the discussions at this event showed that integration of immigrants is a big issue on the progressive left in Canada — and the world — as…
    Written on Friday, 16 September 2016 16:28
  • Why the 'Barbaric Cultural Practices' Debate Won't Go Away
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    Commentary by Susan Delacourt in Ottawa The good news for Kellie Leitch — and she might need some right now — is that many Canadians believe this country needs young, female political leaders. The bad news is that most Conservatives — the people who make up the party Leitch wants to lead — do not share that view. These findings come from new research by Abacus Data. By sheer happenstance, Abacus and the Leitch leadership campaign were out in the…
    Written on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:56
  • The Billion Dollar Immigration Question
    Commentary by Kareem El-Assal and Sonia Takhar Canada’s immigration minister John McCallum recently announced that the federal government is evaluating the merits of launching a new program to attract investor immigrants to the country. Entrepreneur and investor (“business”) immigration programs aim to stimulate economic growth by attracting investment capital, business savvy, and high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) to Canada. On the one hand, the programs draw talent, investment capital, and spending power to Canada. Yet, they have met with mixed success since…
    Written on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 20:45
  • Refugees: Opportunity will Trump Tragedy
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    Commentary by Steve Dooley in Surrey A Surrey forum held earlier this year on helping Syrian refugees settle in our area started with an ice-breaker. Participants were asked to stand if they were born outside Canada. About a third of the room stood. They were next asked to stand if their parents were born outside the country. More stood. Grandparents? More took to their feet. And at great grandparents, nearly the whole room was standing. In the multicultural dynamic that…
    Written on Friday, 19 August 2016 16:15
  • Deciding on the Right Level of Immigration
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    Commentary by Kareem El-Assal in Ottawa Canada is expected to welcome up to 305,000 immigrants this year. The last time Canada admitted that many newcomers was in 1913, when a staggering 401,000 immigrants arrived in the country. With immigration minister John McCallum recently announcing that Canada intends to have a three-year immigration plan by November, it is worth exploring what the ‘right’ level might be for Canada. Historically, Canada’s immigration levels have been determined by: · demographic and economic factors…
    Written on Friday, 22 July 2016 17:27
  • Consultation Overlooks Citizenship
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    Commentary by Andrew Griffith in Ottawa Some things never change. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launches consultations on immigration and leaves out any questions on the related issues of citizenship policy. Sigh … Immigration consultations are welcome and needed. They can and should help better inform future level plans and I would hope that there will be widespread participation with diversity of views. It may well be that the Government believes that having passed Bill C-6 (to amend the…
    Written on Monday, 11 July 2016 14:38
  • Children of Refugees Thrive in Canada: StatsCan Study
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    by Selina Chignall in Ottawa As 25,000 Syrian refugees live through the process of resettlement and beginning new lives in Canada, a Statistics Canada study published today reveals that the children of refugees who arrived in Canada between 1980 and 2000 are thriving. StatsCan’s, Educational and Labour Market Outcomes of Childhood Immigrants by Admission Class, reviewed the 2011 National Household Survey to examine the socioeconomic outcomes of immigrant children who arrived in Canada before the age of 18 during those…
    Written on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:09
  • Migrant Myths Influence Immigration Policies
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    by Tazeen Inam in Mississauga At a time when Canada has seen a shift in immigration policy, particularly when it comes to resettling Syrian refugees, a study reveals that myths and imaginaries created around migrants can influence a country’s immigration policies. Based on a discussions held among researchers and practitioners during a one-day symposium organized at the University of Ottawa in May 2014, the policy brief defines myths and imaginaries as “symbolic collective representations of individuals’ aspirations, hopes and dreams.”…
    Written on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 03:34