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Canada Has New Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

REPRODUCED FROM “THE GLOBE AND MAIL” A former Somali refugee is now overseeing Canada’s federal immigration policies after a cabinet shuffle Tuesday. Ahmed Hussen, who arrived in Canada as a refugee from Somalia at the age of 16, was sworn in as Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship at a Rideau Hall ceremony. He […]

Immigration consultant arrested

The RCMP has arrested a Quebec immigration consultant accused of providing Canadian citizenship and immigration documents to hundreds of residents of Middle East countries who then collected tax benefits from Ottawa. Ahmad El-Akhal, 62, was arrested in Montreal on Thursday following a 2½-year investigation by the RCMP’s Immigration and Passport and Commercial Crimes sections. His […]

Durban refusal a good call

Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration in the Conservative party cabinet, has announced that Canada will not participate in Durban III, an international conference supposedly convened to publicize and criticize human rights violations around the globe. In fact, the past two conferences have been convened almost entirely to demonize the state of Israel. Canada was the […]

Immigration minister says program to bring Afghan translators could be extended

CALGARY – Ottawa may extend its fast-track immigration policy for Afghan translators who help the Canadian Armed Forces and aid workers in Kandahar if troops remain in Afghanistan beyond 2011. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Friday it would make sense to continue the program for as long as such translators work with Canadians. […]

Irish job-seekers hope for greener pastures in Canada

Like the many Irish migrants who arrived years before, Seamus Blake left his tiny coastal village in Ireland five weeks ago in search of greener pastures in Toronto. No potato famine or decades-long political conflict drove him here. Instead, a steady influx of young Irishmen and women like Blake, 24, is arriving here in desperate […]