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Are asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally? A look at facts behind the controversy

The issue of asylum seekers who are crossing into Canada between border points has sparked fiery political debates this summer.

In special hearings of the House of Commons immigration committee last week, the opposition Conservatives accused...

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Canada using DNA, ancestry websites to investigate migrants

Canadian immigration officials are using DNA testing and ancestry websites to try to establish the nationality of migrants, the Canada Border Services Agency said on Friday.

CBSA spokesman Jayden Robertson said the agency uses DNA testing to...

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Rights tribunal slams Imperial Oil for cancelling job offer to engineer over immigration status

In a precedent-setting decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled that an employer cannot discriminate against job candidates who do not have Canadian permanent residence status or citizenship but are legally...

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Audit of immigration detention review system reveals culture that favours incarceration

The first-ever audit into the way Canada reviews immigration detention cases reveals a system that unfairly keeps people behind bars for months on end due to ill-informed adjudicators and a culture that favours incarceration...

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Federal audit shows 'shocking' lack of fairness in the way immigration detainees are treated, says legal group

Information from Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers: The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers reacted to the federal government's late-Friday-afternoon release of the audit of long-term detention reviews at the Immigration and...

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Mistaken for an illegal immigrant, Canadian sues after eight-month ordeal

Olajide Ogunye was starting his day early, preparing to drive to his English-upgrading class. It was a sunny morning last June, and life was looking up. He had stayed out of trouble for five years.

In a second, his life changed. As he tells it...

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Ottawa won't pursue deportation of Abdoul Abdi, Goodale says

Ottawa will not pursue the deportation of a former child refugee and convicted criminal to Somalia, according to Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale. 

Goodale tweeted on Tuesday evening that the government "respects...

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August 13-17: Family camp for Spanish-speaking immigrant, non-status, and refugee families

Information from The Lighthouse: The Lighthouse is putting together a family camp for Spanish-speaking immigrant, non-status and refugee families. Immigrant and refugee families often experience migration stress, difficult adjustment...

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The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a non-denominational Christian organization that seeks to promote the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of low-income and vulnerable people of all ages. The Lighthouse's programs place a special emphasis on...

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'He's ready to live life in peace': Federal Court overturns Abdoul Abdi's deportation but future still uncertain

The Federal Court has overturned the deportation of former child refugee Abdoul Abdi, who grew up in foster in care in Nova Scotia but never received his Canadian citizenship.

The Federal Court released its decision Friday, after Abdi sought a...

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