‘No one chooses to be a refugee’: Manitoba refugees share stories, tackle misconceptions

CBC News

Manitoba refugees shared their stories in Winnipeg on Tuesday night to expand the conversation around the recent increase in refugee claimants and asylum seekers.

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Refugee gives back with Harvest’s help

By: Carol Sanders, for Winnipeg Free Press

Yahya Samatar, the refugee claimant who swam the Red River to get into Canada in 2015, was accepted as a refugee and now he’s promoting the Fast and Furious Feast, a Winnipeg Harvest fundraiser, Friday.’

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American immigrant reaches out to refugees

By: Carol Sanders, for Winnipeg Free Press

Another inspiring story and thanks to Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council – Welcome Place for their matching program that connects people and bringing them out of isolation. Alex Szele came to Winnipeg as an immigrant from the U.S. in 2012 is paying it forward by helping people such as Adam Asaleya, who arrived in Canada from Syria in December.

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University Of Manitoba Student Delivers 150 Care Packages To Asylum-Seekers

The Huffington Post

A University of Manitoba student wanted to help asylum-seekers crossing the border from the United States on foot delivered 150 care packages to them.

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‘Incredibly rewarding’ program helping Winnipeggers form friendships with refugees

CBC News

Welcome Place program matches newcomers to local hosts.

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Manitoba town pulls together to find interpreters for Swahili-speaking refugee family

By: Riley Laychuk, for CBC News

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Can a life-swap exercise stop a community tearing itself in two?

When sizeable refugee populations from African and Muslim countries start resettling in communities that look, talk and pray nothing like them, friction and outright racism can follow. Can simple storytelling prevent that fate?

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Syrian refugees look to share their culture as part of Asian Heritage Month

By: John Woods, for Winnipeg Free Press

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Bill C-6 Amending Canadian Citizenship Legislation Passes Senate

CIC News

A bill to change Canada’s Citizenship Act has finally been passed by the Senate with amendments, bringing the legislation closer than ever to becoming law. As a result of this bill, immigrants to Canada would be able to apply for Canadian citizenship earlier and more easily than before.

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‘Revolutionary’ changes to LGBT refugee claims ensures ‘sexuality is not put on trial’

By: Jill Coubrough, for CBC News

New guidelines for evaluating LGBT refugee claimants should stop inappropriate and irrelevant questioning by Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada adjudicators, people who work with asylum seekers say.

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