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. counsellors say lack of professional oversight blocks refugees’ access to their services, and B.C. refugee centre reports sharp jump in asylum seekers.

Resources this week include choosing your immigration representative carefully – an IRCC video on who can legally represent you if you choose to hire an immigration representative and Immigrant Employment Council of BC – information on what additional training skilled immigrants may need to enter workforce in BC.

Vancity has also released a report which surveyed visible minorities on instances of discrimination or racism.