Current Housing Crisis will Hobble Arriving Afghans for Years to Come

While public and privately-led community and volunteer efforts to help Afghan refugees have been swift, some critics note the striking similarities in response between now and the Syrian refugee crisis of 2015-2016. They worry nothing has been done in the interim to address the structural barriers to finding adequate, affordable housing that immigrants and refugees systematically come up against.

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Spotlight on Brampton: Housing Crunch Hits Immigrants the Most

In part 2 of his “Spotlight on Brampton” series, LJI reporter Mansoor Tanweer examines the city’s housing crisis brought on by lack of residential development adequate to house the rising population.

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Spotlight on Brampton: A Case Study of Invisible Immigration Policies

Brampton is one of the most diverse cities in Canada. In this introductory article to his four-part series “Spotlight on Brampton,” LJI reporter Mansoor Tanweer shows how, in a city where over half of the population is foreign-born, housing, transport and health-care policies become de facto immigration policy.

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