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A Haitian family poses for a photograph after after taking the oath of citizenship on Parliament Hill in 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Settlement services need to improve their online offerings for tech-savvy newcomers

Newcomers need settlement services to learn about life in Canada. Settlement agencies need to use online channels and communicate existing online services to help newcomers before they arrive.
Ukrainian refugees wait near the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

How race and religion have always played a role in who gets refuge in the US

Four scholars of race, religion and immigration explain how US refugee and asylum policy has long been racially and religiously discriminatory in practice.
The U.S. has evacuated 84,600 Afghans since August 2021, but many of these people remain in a legal limbo. Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/U.S. Air Forces Europe-Africa via Getty Images

Afghan evacuees lack a clear path for resettlement in the U.S., 7 months after Taliban takeover

The U.S. has promised to take in 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. But there is concern that this could further complicate efforts to welcome and resettle Afghan evacuees.
Unaccompanied immigrant minors wait on July 2, 2019 in Los Ebanos, Texas to be transported to a U.S. Border Patrol processing center after entering the U.S. to seek political asylum. John Moore/Getty Images

US immigration judges considering asylum for unaccompanied minors are ‘significantly influenced’ by politics

Immigration judges must base their decisions to grant asylum to immigrant children on whether these children have realistic fears of persecution. But other factors influence those decisions.
The first group of asylum-seekers allowed to cross from a migrant camp in Mexico into the United States following Biden’s repeal of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy arrives to Brownsville, Texas, Feb. 25, 2021. John Moore/Getty Images

Biden ends policy forcing asylum-seekers to ‘remain in Mexico’ – but for 41,247 migrants, it’s too late

Luck and tenacity paid off for some 15,000 migrants who may now pursue their asylum cases in the US But nearly 42,000 cases filed from Mexico under a Trump-era rule were already rejected.
Syrian refugees play with their classmates in February 2016 at a Montréal school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Why Québec’s refugee sponsorship suspension is so misguided

Québec’s partial suspension of refugee sponsorship by private organizations in the province highlights the challenges of Canada’s reliance on resettlement to welcome refugees.

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