Weekly Update: August 7 – 13, 2017

IRCCAsylumSeekersFactsheet

Research & Publications:

UNHCR Canada – Factsheet: Global Refugee Resettlement Needs 2017

IRCC – Factsheet: (Myth) Are asylum seekers queue jumpers?

Publisher’s Weekly – Children’s Books Exploring the Refugee Crisis: As the present global refugee crisis continues to surge—with more than a million migrants fleeing war from not only Syria, but across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe—efforts to both explain and humanize the experience for young readers are proliferating on publishers’ latest lists. Gathered here are some recent and forthcoming titles—ranging from picture books to YA, fiction and nonfiction—related to refugees and their experiences.

UNHCR – Innovation Service: How business incubators can facilitate refugee entrepreneurship and integration

News and Events:

News Release – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) (August 11, 2017) –  IRB launching Irregular Border Crossing Response Team to address large and growing number of border crossings in Quebec

“While we recognize that some individuals with existing claims might be concerned about the effects this dramatic rise in intake may cause for them, we feel strongly that this is the best way possible to minimize impacts moving forward.”

– Shereen Benzvy Miller, Deputy Chair, IRB Refugee Protect Division

Success Stories:

Metro News (August 7, 2017) – Newcomers jump into cycling culture with bike orientation program: The 3-month program, hosted by HUB and ISSofBC, introduces immigrants and refugees to the city’s cycling rules and culture.

The Runner (August 7, 2017) – Refuge in Surrey: Stereotypes, survival and sanctuary – KPIRG hosts seminar event to teach KPU students about refugees

Canadian Cycling Magazine (August 13, 2017) – The success of a Vancouver program that familiarizes new Canadians with city by bike: This summer’s bike-hosting program, organized by HUB Cycling and Immigrant Services Society of B.C., is full, reports say.