A letter of apology

A letter of apology to His Excellency Marcin Bosacki, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Canada.

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Stories we read this fall

In the first edition of this blog, Stories we read this summer, we focused on articles that made human sense of refugee crises of incomprehensible scale. This time around, we do the same but add a dose of opinion. The world’s worst refugee emergency since the Second World War continues to emanate from Syria and neighbouring Iraq. The revised estimate of refugees generated since the 2011 start of civil war in Syria is 3.8 million.

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Don’t cut social assistance for newcomers to Canada

This opinion originally appeared in the Toronto Star. By Ratna Omidvar   Not every country can host a politician from the largest national economy in Europe and give lessons on how to run an immigration system. But Canada can — and did — when Joachim Gauck, the president of Germany, made a state visit in … Continued

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Sweden leads, will Canada follow?

This blog originally appeared in The Huffington Post. By Dana Wagner   The exact number of Syrian refugees resettled to Canada since the start of the civil war in 2011 is unknown to the public. The target was 1,300 resettled by the government or private sponsors. The word “resettled” is key to the numbers debate … Continued

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Stories we read this summer

More than 50 million people are displaced around the world as of the summer of 2014, the highest number since the Second World War, according to the UN Refugee Agency. Stories of people forced from their homes are stunning for their geographical breadth and, as in the Syrian civil war, the sheer number of those … Continued

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Our new book Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada

The refugee system in Canada has undergone big changes in recent years. It’s now harder for asylum seekers to be accepted in Canada, and more difficult for them to get on their feet when they arrive. Cuts to health care for refugees was part of the reform, now making headlines because a Federal Court judge … Continued

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