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International students and immigrants learn about the Canadian workplace at the BEST conference at Dalhousie University in Halifax in March. (Kelly Toughill)

The importance of international students to Atlantic Canada

Ottawa and the governments of all four Maritime provinces have created pathways to help international students transition to permanent resident status. But fear causes too many to return home.
Suzanne Phillips and Adish Gebreselase are seen at Splitt Ends Unisex Hair Design, a storefront salon in Halifax that Phillips sold to the Eritrean immigrant last year. (Kelly Toughill)

How newcomer entrepreneurs are making a difference in Atlantic Canada

Provincial governments in Atlantic Canada have been trying to encourage immigrants to become entrepreneurs for more than a decade. Some are boldly answering the call.
In this file photo from 2010, members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers take part in a march through the streets of Tampa, Fla., to try to persuade the supermarket chain Publix to take a stand against abusive work conditions in the fields. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Migrant farm workers vulnerable to sexual violence

Female migrant farm workers across North America are vulnerable to sexual abuse and assault because the systems set up to temporarily employ them offer no protections or access to citizenship.
The Atlantic Ballet Theatre will soon premier Alien, a new piece that explores the immigrant experience. Of the ballet’s 21 full-time employees, 12 are immigrants who come from nine different countries. Stephen MacGillivray/Public Policy Forum

How Atlantic Canada’s businesses are trying to attract immigrants

Atlantic Canada has thousands of available jobs with no one to fill them. Here's what various companies, big and small, are doing to attract and retain immigrant workers.
It took Anna Tselichtchev two years to love Atlantic Canada. This tree helped. Kelly Toughill

Newcomers find jobs, prosperity in Atlantic Canada – if they stay

Immigrants in Atlantic Canada have higher employment levels, higher wages and face less discrimination than other Canadian immigrants, yet the region has the lowest retention rates in the country.
A Rohingya Muslim child kisses his mother after they fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in September 2017. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their country for places like Malaysia and Thailand, where a UN agency assesses their refugee claims. But can the UNHCR unwittingly cause countries to neglect investigating war crimes? (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

The trouble with impunity: War crimes and a humanitarian agency

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees assesses the refugee claims of millions of people worldwide. It needs to be more open about what it discovers and how it makes decisions.
Despite its reputation as a “friendly” province, a recent report says visible minorities experience racism in Newfoundland and Labrador. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly

Newfoundland needs immigrants and anti-racism action now

Newfoundland and Labrador's economic development plan includes attracting more immigrants. But the province needs to acknowledge the difficulties of systemic racism if it wants the plan to succeed.
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Windrush generation: the history of unbelonging

People from the Windrush generation have been told recently that they do not belong in Britain, but they are no strangers to feelings of unbelonging, which feature strongly in their stories of early life in Britain.

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