The world gives a COVID cold shoulder to refugees

The plight of global millions fleeing persecution goes unnoticed while our attention is fixed on the pandemic

The world gives a COVID cold shoulder to refugeesThey are the wretched of the earth (to use Haitian writer Franz Fanon’s phrase), the world’s homeless wanderers. Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, stated recently in his official Twitter account that, during the past year when the pandemic put much of the world on hold, 82.4 million people were forced to flee their…

Compassion and reform, not walls, will halt the flood of refugees

The only way to stop people from fleeing their countries is to hold their governments' culpable for their citizen's suffering

Compassion and reform, not walls, will halt the flood of refugeesEven when boundaries define arbitrary lines between territories, they embody deeper symbolic, cultural, historical and religious meaning that’s often contested for legitimacy. Our belief that borders are indisputable has at times led to remarkable efforts to establish permanent barriers as statements of sovereignty and against foreign intrusion. The Great Wall of China, built for defence…

How to help young immigrants reach post-secondary education

Arts-based research project will help young Syrian women articulate the challenges they face – and the supports they’ve found

How to help young immigrants reach post-secondary educationJasmine Nathoo considered herself fortunate as she joined high-school classes after moving from Kenya to Canada as a teen. She already spoke English and came from an academically strong program. Yet it was still a challenge. “I had to repeat some courses which weren’t recognized. I was having to advocate for myself in the school…

Through crisis we can find a common humanity

After things settle and we look back on COVID-19, we need to recognize the lesson it taught us about looking after one another

Through crisis we can find a common humanityI always believe that life has something to teach us. We just need to listen. Experts in many fields have been warning about a global pandemic for years. Prof. Frank Chalk, the director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, for example, has pointed out that when we help the most vulnerable…

Humanity faces a huge and growing crisis

The number of displaced, marginalized and impoverished people continues to grow. How we handle this will determine mankind’s future

Humanity faces a huge and growing crisisAt any given time, there are about 20 million people on the move in the world. When there’s war, terrorism, extreme weather events or other disruptions, this can grow to 80 million people trying to get to safety. We hear of illegal immigrants crossing borders and thousands of people walking north through Central America to…

Gender-based violence tears at society’s fabric

A call to action for employers to join in implementing paid leave for workers dealing with domestic and/or sexual violence

Gender-based violence tears at society’s fabricFor over 25 years, MOSAIC has worked with immigrants and refugees who have been impacted by gender-based violence – including sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, bullying and personal harassment – by offering wrap-around support and counselling services to those who are abused, and for those who use violence against their partners. Unpaid leave…

Omnibus budget bill makes many refugees ineligible based on new exclusions

Canada is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime. But alongside this record of welcome, some refugees are facing a closed door.

Omnibus budget bill makes many refugees ineligible based on new exclusionsBy Jamie Liew University of Ottawa and Shauna Labman University of Manitoba Canada is celebrating a milestone – the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime that has resettled 327,000 refugees. But alongside this record of welcome, some refugees are facing a closed door. Canadians most recently helped resettle thousands of Syrian refugees. Indeed,…

Why helping the downtrodden around the world helps us all

The idea that you can wall build walls and create quarantines is as ridiculous as it is dangerous

Why helping the downtrodden around the world helps us allWhen we carefully examine fear, we can see that it’s mostly irrational. Legitimate fear is a good thing, however, because it pushes us to eliminate actual dangers to our well-being. During the Cold War, the threat of a nuclear Armageddon was very real. Many of us took up the task of changing global conditions by…

More needs to be done to help refugees find work

By 2034, newcomers to Canada will account for 100% of our population growth and an increasing proportion of our workforce

More needs to be done to help refugees find workIKEA Canada’s recent commitment to hiring 250 refugees in the next three years is welcome news indeed. Newcomer unemployment in Canada overall was at its lowest rate in more than a decade in 2017, but refugees continue to face real challenges finding work. The unemployment rate for refugees has consistently been the highest among all…
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