What’s New

Weekly Update: July 10 – 16, 2017

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Research and Publications: ISSofBC GAR Bulletin: Statistical Highlights for 2nd Quarter – April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017 UNHCR Canada – Flow Chart – Refugee Claim Process (Regular Entry by Land, Sea, Air): Outlines the process to make a refugee claim in Canada with a variety of scenarios. UNHCR Canada – Infographic – What is Canadian […]

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Weekly Update: July 3 – 9, 2017

Refugee Readiness Hub Newsletter #17

ISSofBC Refugee Readiness Hub – Newsletter #17: Featured in this issue is: “What it means to be a refugee claimant in Canada” By UNHCR Canada Historical Context of Refugee Claimant Statistics for BC from 2013-2016 Monthly statistics of Refugee Claimants in BC from January to June 2017 Flow Chart of the Refugee Claimant process in […]

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Weekly Update: June 26 – July 2, 2017

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Success Stories: UNHCR – The Hungarian entrepreneur who styled a new life in Canada – The story of a former refugee from Hungary who arrived in Canada in 1967. Research and Publications: Tracking the Interregional Mobility of Recently Arrived Refugees in Canada – By Fernando Mata, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa […]

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Weekly Update: June 19 – 25, 2017

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News & Events: An Evening in Damascus – A fundraiser for queer Syrian refugees: For the third year in a row, this event is organized and hosted by Danny Ramadan, a proud gay Syrian refugee, author of “The Clothesline Swing” and the Grand Marshall of the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade 2016, aims to gather funds […]

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World Refugee Day – June 20, 2017

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi on World Refugee Day 2017 Given the right environment our experience is that, refugees bring solutions, not problems. Inclusion requires opening our minds, hearts and communities to refugees. Each year on June 20th the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and countless civic groups around the world […]

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Weekly Update: July 12 – 18, 2017

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Resource Centre – Children: East Vancouver Newcomer Camp: A free summer camp that provides recently arrived refugee children with the tools they need to thrive in their new home Research and Publications: AMSSA – Migration Matter Infosheet: Integration Outcomes of Resettled Refugees in Canada Success Stories: Metro News (June 18, 2017) – UBC students to host […]

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Weekly Updates: June 4 – 11, 2017

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Resource Centre – Housing: Airbnb Welcome – Airbnb’s newest initiative to support refugees in Canada. A new platform that will allow relief organizations and nonprofits to seamlessly connect refugees, evacuees and other people in need with Airbnb hosts who have offered to temporarily house displaced people at no cost. The platform will also make it easier for […]

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ISSofBC Special Report: Syrian Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) to British Columbia

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251 Syrian Government-Assisted Refugees settled in five communities outside of Metro Vancouver in 2016. Learn more about these individuals and their settlement experiences in new report released by ISSofBC on June 6, 2017: Syrian Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) to British Columbia: A Roadmap to Integration for GARs destined outside Metro Vancouver. The report is based on a telephone survey […]

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Weekly Updates: May 28 – June 3, 2017

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Resource Centre: Settlement Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has re-vamped their website for new immigrants with new search options to locate settlement services in all regions – with an option for “services for refugees”. Education ISSofBC Bursaries – ISSofBC is encouraging education for refugee youth and newcomers to Canada with six bursaries. The deadline for […]

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We’re back!

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The ISSofBC Refugee Hub is back, providing information, resources, news, tools in our popular weekly updates, along with monthly newsletters. We will post weekly updates every Monday for the week prior focusing on news/events/resources/programs and services for refugees across British Columbia. Monthly newsletters will be released in the last week of every month starting this […]

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March Update-Final Issue

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The final issue of the Refugee Readiness Fund Newsletter is packed full of inspiring success stories from across BC and highlights the resettlement efforts in 2016. The Refugee Readiness Hub will remain to serve all those who continue to make newcomer refugees feel welcomed, settled and integrated in our communities. However, updates to content will […]

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Weekly Updates Mar 6 – Mar 12, 2017

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This week the UNHCR released a report on based on research undertaken in 44 countries on four continents. It shows that for many refugees a connected device is a lifeline and a critical tool for self-empowerment. In addition the Federation of Canadian Municipalities has produced a Welcoming Communities toolkit on how municipal governments can create […]

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Weekly Updates Feb 21 – Mar 5, 2017

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This week the Refugee Readiness Hub would like to highlight the success story of how Syrian women found confidence and community in Canada through catering events. Additional news includes 82 per cent of B.C. minorities have experienced discrimination or racism, graphic novel puts spotlight on violence against immigrant women, refugee welcome centre closes doors, B.C. […]

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Weekly Updates Feb 20 – Feb 26, 2017

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As tax season is upon us, the Refugee Readiness Hub would like share tax returns for newcomers – a fact sheet from the Canadian Revenue Agency also available in French and Arabic. Additional resources include getting ready for my refugee hearing– a preparation guide and hearing room tour and a research slam – a short-term […]

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Weekly Updates Feb 13 – Feb 19, 2017

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A number of university events are taking place this spring in BC including the Middle East and the Refugee Crisis: An Evening with Robert Fisk at Simon Fraser University March 7. Robert Fisk, an award winning Middle East correspondent for The Independent, will provide an on-the-ground perspective of events in the Middle East and the […]

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Weekly Updates Feb 6 – Feb 12, 2017

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This week the Refugee Readiness Hub highlights BC Refugees JobConnect –  an online tool designed to support connection between job-ready refugees and employers. This Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) project collects information on the skills, education and work experience of BC’s recently arrived refugees to create occupational profiles or online resumes. These profiles are […]

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Weekly Updates Jan 30 – Feb 5, 2017

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This week in the Refugee Readiness Hub, ISSofBC has released statistics on the resettlement of Government Assisted Refugees in Metro Vancouver in 2016. In addition, the UNHCR has produced a fact sheet on refugee resettlement worldwide and focuses on the United States. The housing resource section of the hub has also been updated with a […]

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Weekly Updates Jan 23 – Jan 29, 2017

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A number of reports and publications were recently added to the Refugee Readiness Hub including a UNHCR report on the culture, context and mental health of Somali refugees, housing and settlement initiatives targeted at Manitoba’s incoming Syrian refugees,and a Syrian resettlement report from the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights. In addition AMSSA has released […]

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Weekly Updates Jan 16 – Jan 22, 2017

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This week in the Refugee Readiness Hub has added the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Toolkit. This practical web-based resource provides information about private refugee sponsorship to groups across Canada prepared by the Canadian Council for Refugees. Join a virtual meeting on how to use this resource on February 7. To respond effectively to the mental […]

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Weekly Updates Jan 9 – Jan 15, 2017

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This week the Refugee Readiness Hub has added information from an Immigrant Employment Council of BC PowerPoint presentation on connecting refugees to employment. Interested candidates or employers can register for BC Refugees JobConnect here. IEC-BC has also released Onboarding Refugees, a toolkit to assist employers in BC to more effectively recruit, hire, onboard and retain a […]

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Weekly Updates Jan 2 – Jan 8, 2017

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The Refugee Readiness Hub has added a new resource to assist in the application process of income assistance. The resource is available in both English and Arabic. In addition, this week in the news and success stories B.C. volunteer connects Syrian women refugees through love of homeland’s cuisine, refugees and their sponsors celebrate a year […]

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Weekly Updates Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017

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In the news this week Syrian refugees face challenges accessing childcare in Kamloops, refugee families in B.C. get help to navigate the Canadian school system, Vancouver hotel manager guided newcomers into Canadian life, Vancouver startup internships help refugees move into job market, and Syrian refugee family settling into new life in Burnaby, B.C.

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Weekly Updates Dec 19 – Dec 25, 2016

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The Refugee Readiness Hub has added webinar training and supporting documents titled Syrian Refugees Month 13 & Beyond: Orientation on BC Income Assistance and Pathways to Employment for Refugees. The 2-hour training webinar and documents cover the following topics; an introduction to the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP), Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) transition out of RAP […]

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Weekly Updates Dec 12 – Dec 18, 2016

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Refugee Readiness Teams in BC are proactively planning for the settlement of refugees. Learn more by visiting new team websites for the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. In addition, in the news this week Syrian refugees in Victoria worry about finding work, a milestone looms for Canada’s Syrian refugees: ‘Month 13’, voice messages […]

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Weekly Updates Dec 5 – Dec 11, 2016

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With the unprecedented number of Syrian refugee arrivals to BC within the past year, ISSofBC took the opportunity to mark their first year in Canada by documenting their early settlement experiences and outcomes in a report titled Syrian Refugee Operation to British Columbia: One Year In. In the news this week racist incidents in B.C. […]

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Weekly Updates Nov 28 – Dec 4, 2016

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This week a group of Syrian refugees gave back to the Vancouver community by preparing a multicultural dinner at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, a Vancouver volunteer uses past skills as a cook to assist refugees, and student led sponsorships have allowed three refugees to not only study in Nanaimo but become permanent Canadian residents. […]

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Weekly Updates Nov 21 – 27, 2016

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This week was the official release of Welcome to Canada, a short film through the eyes of ISSofBC’s Mohammed Alsaleh, highlighting the front-line work of ISSofBC staff and the lives of refugee families resettling in British Columbia. In addition, the Liu Institute for Global Issues looks back on Canada’s Refugee Record on the Global Stage […]

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Weekly Updates Nov 14 – 20, 2016

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The Refugee Readiness Hub has created a number of resource handouts for settlement workers to share with clients. Some of these handouts are available in both English and Arabic. The resources include an info graphic on tenant building rules, services for refugees and immigrant newcomers to Canada, key forms and activities for refugees undertaken in […]

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Weekly Updates Nov 7 – 13, 2016

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Be sure to check out the The Fresh Voices Awards this week. The award recognizes the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and across Canada, working to advance social change based on themes and priorities including Immigration, School and English Language Learning, Family, Building Bridges and Working in Solidarity. Nominate […]

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Weekly Updates Oct 31 – Nov 6, 2016

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Employment Supports for Refugees webpage has been added this week providing a list of resources for employers to meet their labour market needs while helping refugees gain skills and employment in BC. Additional resources include the Syrian Refugee Support Fund established by the Canadian Council for Refugees to help support the settlement of Syrian refugees […]

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Weekly Updates Oct 24 – 30, 2016

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Youth resources including services for youth in Canada and programs such as Youth Take Charge, a French Enrichment Bursary, Exchanges Canada, a Second Language Bursary, and a bilingual paid work experience have been added to the Refugee Readiness Hub this week. Additional resources related to mental health have also been added –  supporting mental health […]

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Weekly Updates Oct 17 – 23, 2016

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A report of recommendations to help the next wave of Syrian refugees settle in Canada was released October 18 highlighting outcomes of a first-of-its-kind Syrian refugee youth consultation and community forum that explored challenges and successes of the first eight months of resettling in Canada. Other resources updated to the Refugee Readiness Hub include a […]

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Weekly Updates Oct 10 – 16, 2016

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A unique app developed in Vancouver, designed to help refugees arriving in a new country, has been launched globally by the UN’s refugee agency. Other news this week includes the refugee education crisis,  a Swedish delegation learns how British Columbians are helping refugees, Nanaimo multicultural society expects another refugee group, sharing on Thanksgiving Day,  baby […]

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Weekly Updates Oct 3 – 9, 2016

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In the news and success stories this week young syrian refugees talked frankly about barriers and opportunities faced in Canada. This was led in partnership with the Fresh Voices Initiative of Vancouver Foundation and ISSofBC. A summary of the consultation, video and final report created from these talks are now available at http://issbc.org/whoweare. Other news […]

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Weekly Update Sept 26 – Oct 2, 2016

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This week the hub has added a number of resources including the Okanagan Refugee Community Resources Geolive Map, hiring Syrian refugees, information on the Canada-B.C. Job Grant Refugee Fund, and private sponsorship tips. In the news, Sabine Nolke, Ambassador of Canada gives a lecture on Canada’s response to the refugee crisis and the Huffington Post reports […]

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Weekly Update Sept 19 – 25, 2016

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In the news this week,  ISSofBC welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau as part of the royal tour to ISSofBC Welcome Centre Sunday, September 25 in Vancouver. Also Unicef has released a report highlighting the soaring numbers of children refugees worldwide. In addition, the […]

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Weekly Update Sept 12 – 18, 2016

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This week the ISSofBC Refugee Readiness Hub has a number of updates from educational resources to youth employment webinars. In education our weekly updates include student aid grant application information and adult upgrading facts. Also refugee and immigrant youth jobseekers can connect to employment opportunities in a unique webinar Job-Ready, Set, Go! Connecting Immigrant and […]

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Weekly Update Sept 5 – 11, 2016

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The Arab Youth Refugee Consultation event will be held in partnership by The Fresh Voices Initiative of Vancouver Foundation and by ISSofBC. Arabic speaking, specifically Syrian youth, between the ages 14-25 years old are invited to attend this conversation to share their experiences of settling in British Columbia. The objectives for this event are as […]

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Weekly Update Aug 29 – Sept 4, 2016

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An information resource guide to assist students and educators in dealing with trauma related to geopolitical violence and Islamophobia has been added to the ISSofBC Refugee Readiness Hub this week. Additional added resources include How to prepare for living in Canada and the information about the Canada BC Job Grant. In the news this week, […]

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Weekly Update Aug 22 -28, 2016

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This week the refugee hub has added numerous resources including the WelcomeBC Newcomers Guides, health care services, a pediatric health outreach program, dental information, an overview of programs and services for newcomer children, newcomer housing needs and experiences, and an E-Symposium focusing on the collaboration and communication between settlement services agencies, faith organizations, academia and […]

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Weekly Update Aug 15-21, 2016

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A number of event and information sessions regarding refugee private sponsorship are coming up August and September organized by the Metro Vancouver Refugee Response Team and DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. The events include Refugee Private Sponsorship, Sponsoring as a Group of Five and Sponsoring as a Community. Another information session for newcomers to BC is […]

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Weekly Update Aug 8-14, 2016

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Valuable language resources are now available on the refugee hub including language learning strategies for new Canadians living with trauma for teachers and a comprehensive directory for language learners on courses and employment programs available across the province. In addition, a simple step-by-step document has been added to the health resources section to help health […]

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Weekly Update Aug 1-7, 2016

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This week the Refugee Readiness Hub offers an array of publications from understanding refugee law to a study of the experiences of integration of Afghan refugees in Halifax. In addition, numerous IRCC bulletins are now available offering information for refugees in their resettlement process and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Fact […]

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Weekly Update July 25-31, 2016

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Resource to help refugees, updates on settlement patterns of Syrian refugees in BC and statistics on the expected numbers of Syrians BC will welcome in 2016. It’s all here in the latest Refugee Readiness Fund Newsletter.

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Weekly Update July 18-24, 2016

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The refugee hub has produced a “how can I help video” those who are looking for a variety of ways to contribute to helping refugees build new lives in British Columbia. In celebration of Vancouver Pride Week in Vancouver Syrian refugee Danny Ramadan was one of several speakers at the proclamation ceremony held at Jim […]

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Weekly Update July 11-17, 2016

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If you haven’t read last week’s post, we provided a general overview of several ongoing national, international and city-wide projects that are aiding refugees. This week we will be talking about how individual BC residents can get involved in helping resettle and integrate Syrian refugees. This week’s featured image was obtained here. Donate: The HomeStart Foundation […]

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Weekly Update July 3-10, 2016

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This week, Canadian and European researchers and officials met to discuss refugees and civic integration at a roundtable and panel discussion, This roundtable conference and panel discussion entitled “Refugees and Civic Integration:  How do we ensure success?” was hosted by Canadian Embassy of Berlin to discuss ongoing challenges faced by increased migration. While the German […]

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Weekly Update June 26 – July 2, 2016

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This week BC has been celebrating Canada Day among BC residents and recent newcomers. For many Syrian refugees, this was a particularly special occasion, as it was the first Canada Day spent in their new home.  Read about one family’s Canada Day story here. On July 1st, in honour of Canada Day and the Canadian tradition […]

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Weekly Update June 12-18, 2016

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Each year on June 20th the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and countless civic groups around the world host World Refugee Day events in order to draw the public’s attention to the millions of refugees and Internally displaced persons worldwide. Learn more about the UNHCR #WithRefugees campaign.  

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