“Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has so far failed to agree to repeated requests by national health care organizations for a meeting to discuss cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program IFHP providing health benefits to refugees.” Read more: via CMAJ: Health care organizations wait to talk to citizenship minister about.
“OTTAWA – Refugee groups are accusing the Conservatives of backtracking on a pledge to increase the number of refugees resettled to Canada. Statistics show the number of refugees resettled in Canada in 2012 was down 26 per cent from 2011, despite repeated claims by the government that it`s aiming to increase refugee levels by 20 … Continue reading
“Canadian doctors who have launched a legal challenge against the federal government’s cuts to health benefits for refugees promise further protests and disruption of federal Cabinet ministers’ announcements, starting this spring. Medical students and residents who have “never been in the streets before, never protested” are rallying around this issue and will join other health … Continue reading
From February 25: “… Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care (CDRC) and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), along with three individual patients, asked the Federal Court to declare that federal government health cuts to refugee claimants are unconstitutional and illegal.” Read more: via PRESS RELEASE: Doctors and Lawyers Challenge Federal Health Cuts to Refugees … Continue reading
“OTTAWA — As the federal government seeks a new boss for the Immigration and Refugee Board, one former chairman is raising concerns about the potential for bias. … Peter Showler argues that opens the door to patronage since there’s no mechanism to ensure transparency or accountability. More importantly, he said, it means the government could … Continue reading
“Canada has a less than stellar record historically when it comes to immigration policy, having rejected or excluded Indians, Chinese, Jews and Blacks during various periods over the past century. Today, the country no longer discriminates based on the colour of an applicant’s skin or religion. But simply having an immigration policy discriminates or excludes … Continue reading
“Canada is adding another eight countries to a list of safe places, making it harder for refugee claimants from those countries to get asylum. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says he’s adding Mexico, Israel, Australia and others to a list of “designated countries of origin,” safe countries whose refugee claimants have a streamlined process … Continue reading
Here is a useful infographic that shows countries Canada considers unlikely to produce “legitimate” refugees. MAP: Countries designated as safe under refugee criteria – CBCNews.ca.
“No One Is Illegal – Toronto has launched an anonymous phone line for migrant patients and service providers to share information about healthcare services they are being denied or are unable to provide due to recent changes to refugee healthcare by the federal government.CALL 1 888 602 6365press 1 if you were denied services, press … Continue reading
“Canada’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration will start a four-week campaign in Miskolc, northern Hungary, to inform residents on recent amendments in the country’s immigration law, the Canadian embassy told MTI in a statement on Wednesday.” Read more: via Canada to launch campaign promoting new deportation policies in Miskolc – Politics.hu.