TOPIC: REFUGEES IN B.C.

Vancouver teen who fled Iraq and then Trump heads to UBC with full-ride scholarship

Ashki Shkur's first glimpses of the Vancouver area came from the back of an RCMP cruiser, after she and her family were arrested for walking across the U.S. border in search of asylum in 2017.

COVID-19 halts Canadian arrivals for refugees detained for years near Australia

A Vancouver organization is ready to welcome 97 refugees who've been detained on islands north of Australia, but COVID-19 has put a wrench in the plan.

Surviving the terminal: one former airport dweller's advice to a fellow Syrian stuck in transit

Hassan Al Kontar is trapped in an airport — but he's not the first refugee to become stranded.

Transit tops report's list of needs for immigrant youth to better settle in Metro Vancouver

The report by the Vancouver Foundation and Fresh Voices suggested TransLink or the government provide a subsidized bus pass for recent immigrants or young refugees.

'Trauma-informed' daycare for refugee children among new child-care projects

Qualicum First Nation and Victoria's Immigrant and Refugee Centre are among 52 groups sharing $33 million announced for new daycare spaces in B.C. this week
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New Canadian speaks out against atrocities at refugee camp he used to call home

Iranian refugee Amir Taghinia escaped a desperate situation in an Australian refugee camp and now is speaking out on behalf of those left behind.
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Grand Forks, B.C., mayor apologizes for calling Syrian refugees potential 'terrorists'

The mayor of Grand Forks, B.C., is apologizing after calling Syrian refugees potential "terrorists" and "pedophiles," comments that the National Council of Canadian Muslims calls discriminatory and racist.

Financially strapped legal service for B.C. immigrants gets temporary federal help

Additional short-term funding from the federal government will ensure refugees in B.C. can continue to access legal aid.

After fleeing Egypt, Vancouver migrant aims to give back to refugees with coding

Omar Sabry fled his native Egypt in 2013 and made his way to Vancouver with almost nothing.

Volunteers find creative solution to house refugees in Coquitlam, B.C.

Volunteers in Coquitlam, B.C., are repairing derelict rental units to help house large refugee families.

Syrian pop-up dinners help refugee women and share delicious food

A group of women in Vancouver who fled the civil war in Syria has found meaningful work in Canada thanks to their country’s cuisine.
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Vancouver couple caught in 'absurd' immigration law limbo launches Supreme Court appeal

Vancouver taxi driver Nisreen Ahamed Mohamed Nilam fled Sri Lanka as a refugee and passed his Canadian citizenship tests in 2015, but he's still waiting to be sworn in, after learning his case is snarled in a secret legal limbo.
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Immigration minister meets with youth group, plays soccer

Canada's immigration, refugees and citizenship minister, Ahmed Hussen met with a group of refugee and immigrant teens in Vancouver on Friday to hear some of their recommendations, and then proceeded to play some indoor soccer with the group.

'The Boy on the Beach': Aunt of drowned Syrian child Alan Kurdi to release memoir

Tima Kurdi of Coquitlam, B.C. became a haunting symbol of the Syrian refugee crisis after the heartbreaking photo of her nephew Alan Kurdi's lifeless body lying face down on a Turkish beach received worldwide attention in September 2015

B.C. kindergarten student maimed in Syrian rocket attack gets new leg

A 5-year-old B.C. girl maimed in a rocket attack has a new limb to replace the leg she lost in the Syrian war.

B.C. Armenian church celebrates Orthodox Christmas with sponsored refugees

Syrians who came to Canada say their prayers are simple: thanks for safety in Canada and a chance for a new life.

One year on, Syrian refugees in Prince George, B.C., still between worlds

The first Syrian refugees to resettle in Northern B.C. love their new community, but challenges remain.

Canada limits the number of privately sponsored Syrian refugee applicants in 2017

Private sponsors are scrambling to raise funds and complete applications for Syrian refugees after the Canadian government revealed that in 2017 there will be cap of 1,000 new applicants under a particular type of private sponsorship.

Driver's licensing a frustration for some Syrian refugees

For many Syrian refugees, driving independently is a key factor for successfully settling into Canadian life. But in some cases, the rules don't make it easy, and drivers bring interesting habits back from war-torn Syria.
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Syrian refugees give back to Vancouver community through food

A group of Syrian women hosted a dinner at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House on Saturday to say thanks for the help they have received in settling in their new country.
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Challenges and triumphs: Syrian refugees' 1st year in Canada

A surge of Syrian refugees began arriving in Canada in December 2015. In the year they've spent here, many have found welcoming communities, but also faced hurdles that come with settling in a foreign country when you don't speak the local language or have a job lined up.

B.C. kindergarten student still recovering from war wounds

After a rocket attack destroyed her Syrian home, this four-year-old war amputee's recovery includes climbing the monkey bars in a remote B.C. village.

Tabouleh & turkey (make that halal chicken) and sharing Thanksgiving Day

CBC host Gregor Craigie ponders thankfulness as he prepares to host Syrian refugees for Thanksgiving Day — people who have lost homes, businesses and family members. 'Would I be thankful if I were them? Could I be?'

Governor General celebrates MOSAIC's 40th anniversary

Governor General David Johnston joined dozens of immigrants and refugees in celebrating MOSAIC's 40th anniversary

More than just refugees: Syrian kids tell their stories their way

“They have so many things to talk about, not just their experiences of migration,” curator says of the young photographers in her exhibit.

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