Weekly Update: September 25 – October 1, 2017

UBC Refugee Symposium

News and Events:

UBC (October 11 – 19, 2017) – After the Flight: Community-University Refugee & Migration Symposium: Organized by campus and community partners, the 2017 After the Flight symposium provides opportunities to learn from one another, exchange refugee and claimant settlement experiences, as well as share research, knowledge and passion on refugee and migration issues.

Topics & Events Include:


September 29, 2017 – NOTICE – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Proposed changes to the Immigration Loan Program to help refugees and immigrants succeed

“The proposed changes would give refugees more time to repay their loans and would keep the loans fixed at the amount that was originally borrowed. Easing the loan repayment process would give refugees the chance to focus on improving their language skills and making use of the settlement services available to help them become part of Canadian society faster.”

September 27, 2017 – Cloverdale ReporterRefugees a business, not just social issue, Surrey Board of Trade says – Board’s request rejected at national meeting this week.

September 2017 – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration meets again in Ottawa. The Task Force works on issues related to the recent and sustained increase in asylum seekers entering Canada from the United States.

“I am very pleased about the progress made since the last Task Force meeting. We are continuing to expand our outreach efforts in collaboration with our partners to inform people and provide the facts about Canada’s asylum system.”

– The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister and Chair of the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration

September 2017 – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada: Pilot Project Regarding the Presence of Children in Refugee Protection Division Hearings

“Effective September 1, 2017, the Refugee Protection Division will be launching a 6-month pilot project, whereby young children under the age of 12 who are accompanied by an adult making a refugee claim will not be required to appear before the RPD unless the presiding member requires their attendance.”

September 2017 – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada to carry out audit of long-term detention reviews

“In line with its commitment to excellence in the delivery of administrative justice, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) will carry out an independent audit of detention reviews by the Immigration Division.”

Research and Publications / Resource Centre – Language:

Bow Valley College Report (2017): ELL Training Network – Strategies for Teaching Adult Refugees in the ELL Classroom