When your home is destroyed and you can’t go back, where do you turn? For these Syrian refugees, Canada was their haven. They’ve found work, friends and a new home in this country. This video from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) tells the story of a chef, a builder, a scholar and their families […]

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Having to leave behind loved ones is what makes migration heart wrenching. It’s a decision Najah made with a stone on her heart. Seeking a better future for her children, Najah, a Syrian refugee, is now in Joliette, Quebec. Learning the language of the land is the first step to integration and the Quebec government […]

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Refugees are starting their new life in Winnipeg and Charlottetown, in communities where they feel safe and accepted without discrimination. In this video, refugees share their experiences of studying in Canada, including learning English and French.

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Every year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada) helps thousands of refugees settle in Canada. Through various organizations, immigrants can learn English and French, find a job, get integrated into society and begin their lives anew. Canada has a long tradition of being a safe haven for refugees. With each passing year, […]

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Here’s a glimpse of how Canada is helping Syrian refugees settle down in their new country. The Government of Canada has opened reception centres across Canada, which are run by organizations like COSTI Immigrant Services. Here, refugees have access to health and counselling services and orientation sessions that prepare them for finding new jobs. One […]

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“I love Canada and I want to live here for the rest of my life”, says Marcos Garcia Hernandez, who came to Canada directly from jail after being a political prisoner in Cuba for eight years. Although he had the choice – and intention – of moving from Canada to another country, something changed his […]

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Canada has fulfilled its commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February 2016. The plan was to bring the refugees to Canada without compromising security or health requirements. “We have reached a significant milestone,” John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said, “but the work continues as we begin to integrate […]

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Refugees and asylum claimants in Canada will have full health-care coverage through the restored Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum, announced today. The IFHP will be restored after the significant cuts to it the previous Conservative government implemented in June 2012. These cuts provoked protests of healthcare […]

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“I was so excited and happy to vote for the first time in the Canadian federal elections,” says Gustavo Linares, a paralegal from Guatemala who came to Canada in 2010 and recently became a Canadian citizen. “The right to vote is a great power – to choose your members of parliament, to change the government. […]

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After his village in Sudan was attacked, Madut became a homeless boy on a long journey to a refugee camp in Ethiopia. There the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) opened two schools and Madut had the chance to learn English and apply for a student refugee program in Canada. Now he is a […]

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