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Parents in households that spoke languages other than English expressed concerns over their children’s English-language development. (Shutterstock)

Immigrant families had to fend for themselves during online schooling

COVID public health measures included school closures and a shift to online learning. This placed immigrant families at a disadvantage as they saw to their children’s emotional and educational needs.
Ukrainian refugees board transport at the central train station in Warsaw, Poland on April 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

#PolandFirstToHelp: How Poland is using humanitarianism to boost its propaganda

Poland has an opportunity to emerge from this refugee crisis a more united, more accepting and economically strong society, but first they need to have tough conversations about immigration.
Pope Francis presides over a special prayer in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on March 25, 2022, before heading out to Malta for a two-day visit. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File

Pope Francis’ visit to Malta highlights the role of St. George Preca, an advocate for teaching the gospel

Malta’s St. George Preca was canonized in 2007. Pope Francis’ visit to Malta renewed attention on Preca’s life and work and how it could provide guidance for the welfare of refugees.
A Syrian-Canadian family poses outside their home in Peterborough, Ont., in December 2021. They were among thousands of Syrian refugees resettled in Canada by April 2017 under a program introduced by the Liberal government in 2015 — and now thousands of Afghan refugees are arriving in Canada, many of them under the age of 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

How Canada should be preparing to help young Afghan refugees

As Canada welcomes refugees from Afghanistan, we must take a moment to learn from the past. Communities across Canada need to be asking how they can be supporting young refugees in their integration.
An activist holds a portrait of a man who was allegedly disappeared by the Guatemalan Army. She waits to join a march organized in remembrance of the hundreds of thousands who died in the decades long civil war, in June, 2021. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Second-generation Central Americans in Toronto are dealing with historic trauma from civil war and migration

Canadians of Central American descent choose to heal and respond to ongoing trauma with care and community.
Moments of intimate playing, learning and teaching are among the ways that immigrant parents extend and expand their home languages with their children. (Rajesh Rajput/Unsplash)

5 ways immigrant parents support children’s home language learning

When schools honour and learn from immigrant parents’ knowledge, they support more opportunities to enhance young children’s linguistic, cultural and social experiences.
In this photo from 2015, newly arrived Syrian refugees take part in a mass at the Armenian Community Centre in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Federal election 2021: What the Conservatives don’t understand about refugee resettlement

The Conservative pledge to replace government-assisted refugee places with more private sponsorship focuses on the integration potential of refugees rather than their protection needs. That’s wrong.
American Muslims are two times as likely to attempt suicide compared to other major faith groups. MmeEmil/E+ via Getty Images

American Muslims are at high risk of suicide – 20 years post-9/11, the links between Islamophobia and suicide remain unexplored

Islamophobia increased post-9/11. Twenty years later, American Muslims are still dealing with the mental health effects – and research barriers limit what is known about what puts them at risk.
The relationship between immigrants’ and refugees’ education, experience and economic integration matters. It can tell us whether Latinos are unemployed or underemployed or contributing to the Canadian economy. (Shutterstock)

Latin Americans face a stubborn pay gap in Canada, data shows

Although Latinos are present across all Canadian labour markets, they are lagging behind the Canadian median total income. What does that mean for their economic integration?
People take part in a rally against hate and confront the rising violence against Asian Americans at Columbus Park in New York, on March 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

As Asian Canadian scholars, we must #StopAsianHate by fighting all forms of racism

Fifteen Asian academics discuss the roots of anti-Asian racism and limits of multiculturalism in Canada while charting a path forward.
A mother who was deported to Mexico reconnects with her daughters at a family reunification event put on at the U.S.-Mexico border, November 2017. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Biden immigration overhaul would reunite families split up by deportation

When a child loses mom or dad to deportation, the harm can be severe and lasting. New immigration bills in the House and Senate seek to avoid family separation and allow deported parents back home.

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