New Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada – Mandate letter released

On behalf of Manitoba’s settlement sector, MANSO would like to welcome the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino on his new role as Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.

On November 20, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the members of Cabinet at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada November 20, 2019.

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Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Mandate Letter


Au nom du nouveau venu et du secteur de l’établissement du Manitoba, MANSO souhaite la bienvenue à l’honorable Marco E. L. Mendicino pour son nouveau rôle de nouveau ministre canadien de l’Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté.

Le 20 novembre 2019, le Premier ministre, Justin Trudeau, a annoncé les membres du Cabinet à Rideau Hall à Ottawa, Ontario, Canada le 20 novembre 2019.

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Lettre de mandat du ministre de l’Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté

Immigrant Biometrics Requirements now Available in Canada

Canada makes it easier for foreign nationals to apply for temporary and permanent resident status within Canada

As of today, foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent residence, or to extend or renew their visitor visa or work or study permit, will need to have their fingerprints and photo taken and can do so at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country. This means individuals will now save time and money by being able to give their biometrics within Canada.

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Le gouvernement du Canada élargit les règles en matière de biométrie pour les demandeurs au Canada

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UNHCR Canada Report – Are refugees good for Canada? A look at Canadian refugee integration

The following study surveys the most recent data and research available to provide a glimpse into the lives and achievements of the one million refugees who arrived in Canada since 1980. Much of the information is based on an analysis of the 2016 Census. It provides facts in an accessible format concerning the Canadian refugee integration experience. It should serve as a useful source for those interested in explaining to various audiences how refugees integrate and contribute to Canadian society and the economy.

Most refugees came to Canada with few, if any, financial resources, and often had to learn a new language and adapt to a new culture. Despite these challenges, the results show that refugees do not simply benefit from the safety Canada gives them. In fact, they embrace the opportunity that Canada provides to build a better life and become an important contributor to the country’s economy and cultural diversity.

Download the full report | Télécharger le rapport complet (en anglais)

Refugees are good for Canada | Les réfugiés contribuent à la réussite économique du Canada

Are Refugees Good For Canada? (Economic Integration Explainer) | Les Réfugiés un Bon Pari Pour Le Canada?

Video | Vidéo

Former New Yorker was dedicated to helping refugees

By: Jessica Botelho-Urbanski, for Winnipeg Free Press

MANSO is saddened to learn of the passing of Marty Dolin, Marty was the past Executive Director at Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council – Welcome Place, a longtime advocate for refugees, and friend and mentor to many in our sector.

“Marty Dolin saw the world in black and white, both metaphorically and through his camera lens. He loved to shoot black-and-white photography and when it came to advocating on behalf of refugees, there was no grey area, said his friend and former colleague Marta Kalita. He was all in.”

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Mother-daughter duo fundraising to build prairie retreat for newcomers in Manitoba

CBC News

‘Welcoming people to a new land isn’t easy but a mother-daughter duo is creating a place to make Manitoba more accessible for newcomers … Kerri and Raia Bryan say it’s important people connect with the land of their new home’

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Workshop confronts forced migration

By: Jillian Austin, for Brandon Sun

Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) in partnership with Westman Immigrant Services and Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba. facilitated and engaged people in the Forced Migration Simulations in Brandon.

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Migration simulation puts participants in shoes of refugees

By: Jaime Polmateer, for Westman Journal

MANSO is in Brandon with Mennonite Central Committee – MCC Manitoba and Westman Immigrant Services hosting and facilitating Forced Migration Simulation Workshop and on Wednesday, we are in Winnipeg at Corydon Community Centre – Crescentwood 1170 Corydon Ave, 10:00 AM to Noon.

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‘Deepened understanding’: Princeton University students visit Manitoba for education on refugees, resettlement

CBC News

A group of Princeton University journalism students were in Manitoba to learn about refugees, as part of a class trip to learn about social issues that has taken previous classes to the likes of Athens, Paris and Berlin.

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Syrian refugees host barbecue to give back to Winnipeg

By: Austin Grabish, for CBC News

A Syrian family that had hateful graffiti sprayed outside their home hosted a barbecue Saturday as a way to say thank you to everyone in the community who’s helped them.

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Important Changes to Canada’s Citizenship Act to Come Into Effect Next Week

By: Hugo O’Doherty, for CIC News

Changes to the Citizenship Act are coming into effect next week on October 11.

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