CCR calls for further amendments to Citizenship Act
The Canadian Council for Refugees published its submission on Bill C-6, welcoming the introduction of amendments to the Citizenship Act and calling for further changes to provide equal access to citizenship and fair process.
“We need to bring down barriers to citizenship, especially for already disadvantaged groups such as refugees, the elderly, and women,” said Loly Rico, CCR President. “In line with Canada’s international obligations, we encourage the government to craft a new citizenship regime to which all applicants will have equal access without discrimination.”
Read more at: ccrweb.ca/en/release-citizenship-bill-april-2016
Reform of rules on refugees’ loss of status urgent following new court decision
The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) are calling on the government to move urgently to amend the law in the wake of the Federal Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Bermudez. The Court found that the government is legally obliged in certain circumstances to try to strip refugees of their status in Canada and that only Parliament can fix the problem.
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This Mother's Day: Take action to ensure express family reunification
As Mother's day approaches, the CCR would like to remind people of the mothers who are desperately trying to be reunited with their children and who face year-long immigration delays.
Although the new government has promised shorter processing times for Family Class immigrants, there has been no similar commitment to improve processing times for refugees and live-in caregivers who are seeking to be reunited with their children. For them family reunification processing times are even longer than for Family Class.
Catherine is trying to be reunited with her two young daughters (3 and 5 years old).
Catherine had to flee her country of origin because of her work as a women’s rights activist. She has been recognized as a refugee in Canada but she must wait for immigration processing before she can be reunited with her two daughters left behind in Africa.
Current processing times for the region are 3 and a half years (41 months)!
Thousands of mothers like Catherine are separated from their children because of their legal status. You can help ensure that that no mother will ever have to pass a Mother's Day without her children.
Join the Canadian Council for Refugees in promoting speedy family reunification:
- Write your MP to ask for Express Entry Family Reunification for Catherine’s children and all other children separated from their parents
Take action today at: ccrweb.ca/en/family-reunification-action
CCR National Spring Consultation: Saskatoon, June 2 to 4, 2016
Join us in Saskatoon this June to explore questions affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement at the Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation. We will be taking stock of achievements and challenges in welcoming Syrian refugees.
We are pleased to announce that the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum will be participating.
All are welcome!
With views from all Canadian provinces and with participants in fields as diverse as healthcare and the law, the conference offers opportunities for professional development, networking and strategy.
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National meeting on migrant worker issues: June 5, 2016
This full-day meeting will be a skill-share and strategy session for migrant workers and people in diverse sectors across Canada that work with and/or advocate for the rights of migrant workers.
The objectives of this meeting are:
- To bring together workers and advocates from across the country to share experiences, exchange ideas and develop partnerships
- To bring ideas and information on organizing for migrant worker rights to Saskatchewan, with the goal of supporting a nascent migrant worker rights movement locally
- To create a space where workers and advocates from different sectors and provinces can strategize around advancing the campaign for migrant worker rights in the context of the new federal government
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Dedicate a gift to protect refugees in honor of mom
Did you know that you can make a donation in honour of someone special and help rebuild a warm response to refugees in Canada?
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