immigrants

More than half of Abbotsford’s immigrant population (and almost 16 per cent of the total population) consists of people who hail from India, according to the latest 2021 census data released from Statistics Canada. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford’s immigrant population grows by 32% in last 5 years

More than half hail from India, according to latest census data

 

A border marker is shown just outside of Emerson, Man., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Mounties have confirmed some of the movements of an Indian migrant family who froze to death near the Canadian-U.S. border earlier this year, but say they are still unsure how the family made it there. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

RCMP release new details about Indian migrant family who died at border

Mounties believe the family’s travels were part of a larger human smuggling network

 

Migrants, most of them from Afghanistan, rest at an old school used as a temporary shelter on the island of Kythira, southern Greece, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Turkey, Greece trade accusations over 92 naked migrants

Greece accuses Turkey of pushing migrants over the border, Turkey accuses Greece of ‘fake news’

 

FILE - Venezuelan migrants walk across the Rio Bravo towards the United States border to surrender to the border patrol, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Oct. 13, 2022. President Joe Biden last week invoked a Trump-era rule known as Title 42, which Biden’s own Justice Department is fighting in court, to deny Venezuelans fleeing their crisis-torn country the chance to request asylum at the border. The rule, first invoked by Trump in 2020, uses emergency public health authority to allow the United States to keep migrants from seeking asylum at the border, based on the need to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez, File)

Biden turning to Trump-era rule to expel Venezuelan migrants

President denying Venezuelans the chance to request asylum ahead of midterm elections

FILE - Venezuelan migrants walk across the Rio Bravo towards the United States border to surrender to the border patrol, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Oct. 13, 2022. President Joe Biden last week invoked a Trump-era rule known as Title 42, which Biden’s own Justice Department is fighting in court, to deny Venezuelans fleeing their crisis-torn country the chance to request asylum at the border. The rule, first invoked by Trump in 2020, uses emergency public health authority to allow the United States to keep migrants from seeking asylum at the border, based on the need to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez, File)
The Canada Flag flies on top of the East Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Rallies are planned in cities across Canada today to call on Ottawa to extend permanent status to undocumented migrants. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Migrants across Canada call on feds for action on regularization, permanent status

Regularization program during COVID granted international health-care workers asylum

The Canada Flag flies on top of the East Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Rallies are planned in cities across Canada today to call on Ottawa to extend permanent status to undocumented migrants. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Ashki Shkur, originally from Iraq, will be graduating from Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver this week after achieving a 97 per cent average her senior year. (Contributed photo)

After crossing into B.C. illegally in 2017, Vancouver teen heading to UBC

Ashki Shkur and her family came to Canada to escape war in Kurdistan and Trump’s America

Ashki Shkur, originally from Iraq, will be graduating from Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver this week after achieving a 97 per cent average her senior year. (Contributed photo)
FILE - A damaged inflatable small boat is pictured on the shore in Wimereux, northern France, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 in Calais, northern France. The Paris prosecutor’s office said it has received a manslaughter lawsuit for failure to help in the tragic capsizing last month of a boat in the English Channel that cost the lives of at least 27 people trying to reach Britain. The manslaughter lawsuit, filed Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 by the French humanitarian organization Utopia 56, accuses the maritime prefect of the Channel and North Sea, the Regional Operational Centre for Surveillance and Rescue of Gris-Nez in the Pas-de-Calais and the British Coast Guard of not doing enough to prevent the deaths. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

English Channel rescuers accused of manslaughter in migrant deaths

Suit alleges people were abandoned ‘despite calls to the English and French rescue services,’ 27 died

FILE - A damaged inflatable small boat is pictured on the shore in Wimereux, northern France, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 in Calais, northern France. The Paris prosecutor’s office said it has received a manslaughter lawsuit for failure to help in the tragic capsizing last month of a boat in the English Channel that cost the lives of at least 27 people trying to reach Britain. The manslaughter lawsuit, filed Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 by the French humanitarian organization Utopia 56, accuses the maritime prefect of the Channel and North Sea, the Regional Operational Centre for Surveillance and Rescue of Gris-Nez in the Pas-de-Calais and the British Coast Guard of not doing enough to prevent the deaths. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
Syed Hussan, Executive Director of Migrant Workers Alliance, speaks to demonstrators during an action in support of migrant worker rights in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, in Toronto, on Sunday, Aug., 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Refusal rate for immigration on humanitarian and compassionate grounds rising: data

The 2021 figures, which only include up to Feb. 28, show the rate of applications refused climbed to 70%

Syed Hussan, Executive Director of Migrant Workers Alliance, speaks to demonstrators during an action in support of migrant worker rights in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, in Toronto, on Sunday, Aug., 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Karen Dosanjh’s book, Untold Stories: The South Asian Pioneer Experience in BC, was released earlier this year, and details the struggles and successes of the province’s earliest South Asian immigrants. (Contributed photo)

White Rock author’s book tells stories of B.C.’s South Asian pioneers

‘These stories belong to the community’ says Karen Dosanjh

Karen Dosanjh’s book, Untold Stories: The South Asian Pioneer Experience in BC, was released earlier this year, and details the struggles and successes of the province’s earliest South Asian immigrants. (Contributed photo)
Tima Kurdi, touches a photo of her nephews Alan, left, and Ghalib Kurdi while speaking to the media outside her home in Coquitlam, B.C., on Thursday September 3, 2015. Alan, his older brother Ghalib and their mother Rehan died as they tried to reach Europe from Syria. The uncle of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body has put a devastating human face on the Syrian refugee crisis has assailed Canada’s refugee process. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada is the most migrant friendly country in the world, according to Gallup

This is Gallup’s second administration of its Migrant Acceptance Index.

Tima Kurdi, touches a photo of her nephews Alan, left, and Ghalib Kurdi while speaking to the media outside her home in Coquitlam, B.C., on Thursday September 3, 2015. Alan, his older brother Ghalib and their mother Rehan died as they tried to reach Europe from Syria. The uncle of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body has put a devastating human face on the Syrian refugee crisis has assailed Canada’s refugee process. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Archway Community Services in Abbotsford. (Photo courtesy of Archway)

Virtual Career Panel discusses job challenges faced by newcomers

Archway Community Services in Abbotsford participates in event on July 16

  • Jul 12, 2020
Archway Community Services in Abbotsford. (Photo courtesy of Archway)
Students in the Archway Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada program, with teacher Jas Randhawa (left), have adapted to online learning during the pandemic. (Submitted photo)

Archway English classes for newscomers go online during pandemic

70 per cent of students joined remote and virtual classrooms in Abbotsford

  • Jun 26, 2020
Students in the Archway Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada program, with teacher Jas Randhawa (left), have adapted to online learning during the pandemic. (Submitted photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. immigrant group to launch legal clinics for newcomers

The society will use the money to hire lawyers and legal staff for no cost to its clients.

(Black Press Media file photo)