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The Campaign to End Immigration Detention – 1 year in | End Immigration Detention

From No One Is Illegal: “On September 17th 2013, 191 one hundred and ninety one immigration detainees held in the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario, began a non-cooperation protest.They went on hunger strike and at first demanded better prison conditions. Soon the strikers demands expanded to the entire immigration detention system that detains … Continue reading

1ST LEAD Roma in focus as refugee applications in Germany surge by one third By Jean-Baptiste Piggin, dpa | EUROPE ONLINE

“Berlin dpa – The tally of people seeking political asylum in Germany soared last year by one third, compared to the previous year, with official data on Thursday highlighting growing arrivals of Roma people from the Balkans.” via 1ST LEAD Roma in focus as refugee applications in Germany surge by one third By Jean-Baptiste Piggin, … Continue reading

Trafficking in Persons for Forced Labour: Backgrounder | Canadian Council for Refugees

Here is a backgrounder on human trafficking and how recent changes to Canada’s immigration system makes more migrants vulnerable to extreme exploitation. Excerpts: “In recent years, Canada has increasingly shifted its focus from permanent to more precarious temporary immigration. More workers are now being brought into Canada on a temporary basis with fewer rights than other … Continue reading

Detained refugees treated worse than criminals: lawyer

““I think the public has long ago … come to see refugees as fake, number one, and criminals, number two,” Rankin said. “I think you’re far better off as a criminal in Canada than being a … refugee in Canada.”” Read more via Detained refugees treated worse than criminals: lawyer.

Summer roundup: news stories from Canada and Europe

Summer roundup Discrimination never goes on vacation… Here’s a roundup of some big (and/or interesting) stories over these past three summer months about Roma in Canada and Europe. But what did we miss? Post your links and thoughts in the comments section. News from Canada: Supreme Court rules that cuts to refugee health care are … Continue reading

Federal Court allows more latitude for refugee appeals – Politics – CBC News

Potentially good news for refugees in Canada.  “The Federal Court is giving refugees a broader basis for appeals, telling Canadas Refugee Appeal Division that it can overturn a decision based on the merits of the case, rather than only if there was a mistake in the legal process.” via Federal Court allows more latitude for … Continue reading

Kenney Disrupted! Jason Kenney interrompu! Full Immigration Status Now! – YouTube

  via Kenney Disrupted! Jason Kenney interrompu! Full Immigration Status Now! – YouTube.

Minister Chris Alexander Cried Last Week, But Not for These Women | Dana Wagner

This article points to Chris Alexander’s IWD hypocrisy by looking at the cases of three refugees who, under new refugee policies, would have been labeled “bogus”, denied healthcare, and probably deported. “But it is unlikely that Alexander was thinking of these women or others like them because they are refugees, and the less privileged class … Continue reading

Letter: Canada’s deportation of Roma refugees is immoral

A moving letter to the editor:  “A little more than 20 years before the birth of our current immigration minister, the Roma were being massacred in huge numbers by Nazi Germany and their oppression continued afterward in many other ways. This must stop and the place to begin is right here, in Canada.” via Letter: … Continue reading

Calls for independent oversight of border police renewed | Toronto Star

“Advocacy groups are renewing calls for an independent oversight body to investigate complaints against the Canada Border Services Agency, pointing to recent incidents of alleged abuses by enforcement officials… A number of recent cases including the death of a Mexican woman in CBSA custody in Vancouver have prompted the civil liberties association, Canadian Council for … Continue reading

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