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A Half Welcome

A Half Welcome April 2017
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This report examines the main policy challenges Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) face today. Drawing on the responses SAH representatives provided through interviews and a survey, this report highlights four main areas of concern: long wait times, wait times for non-Syrian applications, allocation limits, and travel loans.

Safe Third Country Agreement: FAQ

Current immigration developments in the United States call for a closer look at the place of the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) in Canada’s refugee policy. The United States’ restrictive executive orders on immigration and deportation raids have raised much concern among immigration and refugee advocates, and fear in refugees and asylum seekers. As immigration tensions rise in the United States, many refugees set their eyes on Canada. Thus, it is important to know what the STCA means for refugees who may seek refugee in Canada from the United States.

Refugees Are a Blessing to Canada

By Martha Wiebe on March 23, 2017

From the Catalyst, Spring 2017

For nearly 40 years, Ottawa Mennonite Church has sponsored refugees from around the world. The experience has been overwhelmingly positive. They have not only contributed to the life of our congregation but also to our community and our country.

Canada Must Pay Attention to Refugees in Poverty

Newcomers to Canada, including refugees, experience poverty at a troubling rate.

While the level of poverty among refugees remains unclear, our 2016 report on poverty in Canada reveals that 34 per cent of new immigrants and refugees live in poverty.  

Letter: Reconsider Safe Third Country Agreement

February 2017
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Canada signed the Safe Third Country Agreement at a time when the United States government stood firm on its humanitarian obligations to those in flight from terror and persecution. Our government had confidence that the United States would treat all refugees fairly. Today, we cannot rely on the United States to provide a fair hearing to refugee claimants before they arrive in Canada. 

CPJ Denounces Islamophobia and Violence in Quebec City

CPJ expresses solidarity with Muslim community in the wake of shooting 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Ottawa, ON: January 30, 2017 
— Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) expressed solidarity with the Muslim community of Quebec City in the wake of the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre last night. 

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