News in Immigration and Refugee Law
In a newspaper article, lawyer Heather Neufeld says if it can take weeks or months for refugee clients to trust her enough to divulge the grisly details of beatings or torture. The new "fair and faster" refugee system may be too fast for some claimants.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is tabling a reform package in the Commons, kicking off a debate about how to improve a system that many agree needs fixing in the face of a backlog of 60,000 claims, according to the Montreal Gazette.
The Canadian Council for Refugees has raised some serious concerns with certain aspects of the refugee reform announced today by the government.
The Montreal Gazette reports that Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will unveil proposals to reform Canada's refugee system this week in a bid to speed the approval process for legitimate asylum-seekers while clamping down on abuse of the system.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is warning that the type of refugee reforms the Conservative government has in mind need to be handled with an abundance of caution.
Date June 3, 2010 to June 5, 2010
This year's consultation will look at immigration measures for Haitian families, domestic violence against refugees and immigrants, issues affecting Somali newcomers, issues facing the forcibly displaced from Sri Lanka and Eritrea, and more.
Date March 19, 2010 to March 19, 2010
Time 12:30 p.m. Registration; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Panel and Discussion
Where 155 College Street, Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto, Toronto
This is a professional development and networking forum for service providers working with newcomer communities to help immigrants without full status gain access to essential services.
Women's and refugee rights groups are demanding homeless shelters be declared safe sanctuary from removal enforcement officials, who recently entered a Toronto shelter looking for a Ghanaian woman in hiding.
As Parliament returns, immigration and human rights lawyers fear an escalation of the Conservative government's attacks on immigrants and refugees.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has a new online resource for newcomers to Canada. You can use this online tool to find community and government services in cities across Canada.