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Watch: Mediterranean refugee crisis escalating

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The UN announced that the number of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean this year has exceeded 300,000.

Vijay Prashad says the world's superpowers must move towards a ceasefire in Syria as soon as possible to stem the tide.

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| August 11, 2015

Detained migrants call for inquest into Abdi Hassan's death

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Dreaming of the unknown: The startling realities of migrant workers

Meet Me in Venice: A Chinese Immigrant's Journey from the Far East to the Faraway West

by Suzanne Ma
(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers,
2015;
$31.95)

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Three pages into Meet Me in Venice the reader learns that there are more than 214 million migrants worldwide: a startling one of every 33 people in the world alive is a migrant. Author Suzanne Ma, an experienced journalist based in Vancouver, is concerned with these facts, however, she's just as interested in the people behind the numbers.

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New reports slam Canada's immigration detention system

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Two new reports released last month from the University of Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network detail the systemic flaws and inhumane treatment of immigration detainees, dubbing the entire system a "legal black hole."

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| July 9, 2015

Here are the new requirements for Canadian citizenship

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The new requirements for Canadian Citizenship have been in force since June 11, 2015.

One of the most important changes is the requirement that an individual must now be physically in Canada for four years over a six-year period. The old rule was physical presence in Canada for three years out of a four-year period.

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Systemic racism: Is that a thing?

May 21, 2015
| The racial justice organization Race Forward and hip-hop DJ Jay Smooth teamed up to create a series of short monologues on systemic racism. The videos they produced have gone viral.
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When saving lives does not count and government promises are not fulfilled

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Since claiming a majority victory in 2011, the Harper government, with its Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney, and later Chris Alexander, has succeeded in quickly transforming Canada from a country known for its humanitarian tradition of welcoming outsiders and providing sanctuary to the oppressed into one that fears and distrusts refugees.

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The Harper government v. refugees, 2006-2015

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It has been nearly a decade since the Conservative party came to power. Since then, the government has embarked on controversial reforms that have had devastating effects on refugees, as well as damaged Canada's reputation as a refugee-welcoming country. The following are the most significant changes that have been enacted:

2009-2013: Funding cuts to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

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