Refugee Limbo

For a number of years the Immigration and Refugee Board which is tasked with determining who is or is not a bona-fide refugee has had a backlog of refugee cases. Recently, that number seems to hover at about 40,000.  Among the refugees that are waiting for their hearing are people who arrived since 2013. We know that according to the Immigration …

Roma Students

GWalsh Roma-related News

Western Technical Commercial Institute has launched a new initiative for its newcomer youth. There is a group of Hungarian students at Western technical Commercial Institute. Most of them have been in Canada for a couple of years now. Due to the immigration system many of these students’ status in Canada is not yet stable. These Hungarian speaking kids have Roma …

Settlement Workers in Schools – Teachers at Western Technical School Learning about Roma Culture

ClaudiaR Roma-related News

In 2017 the number of Roma youth in attendance at Western Technical School (WTS) rose to almost 30 youth. In response to requests from the administrators at this school, SWIS arranged for a school staff PD session. Staff expressed a need to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by newcomer Roma youth at WTS. Arranged by Assad Mahmood …

Heartbreaking Choices Worthy of a Song! By Paul St. Clair

Abdi Roma-related News

A mother and her son came to my office to ask what they should do because the son had lost his immigration identification.  They were already accepted by the Refugee Board and were waiting for Permanent Residence.  I informed them that first they have to report the loss to the police and then, with a police confirmation of the loss, …

Romeo & Juliet – A Refugee Story

ClaudiaR Roma-related News

By Paul St. Clair   Jozef was a Rom, not Romeo.  Maria was not Roma; she was a white girl, just like Juliet.   They met in Slovakia, where romantic relationships between Roma and non-Roma were dangerous due to the pervasive racism on the part of the white majority.  She was in her last year of high school, still a teenager …