Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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New report raises concerns over labour exploitation of migrant workers during pandemic

Sawyer Bogdan Global News February 15, 2023

A new report looking at the impact the pandemic had on the exploitation of migrant workers in Canada is raising concerns about an increase in labour trafficking.

The groups involved in the report say a major labour shortage, coupled with the status of temporary foreign workers, is leading to more situations of migrant workers being taken advantage of.

Peterborough Newcomer Health Clinic helps immigrants and refugees transition to Canada’s health care system

Paul Rellinger Kawartha Now February 14, 2023

Walk, for a moment, in the footsteps of an immigrant or refugee newly arrived in Peterborough.

As a stranger in a strange land, everything is, well, strange. Add fear of the unknown to the equation. Trepidation rules as they wonder whom to turn to for the most basic of goods and services, including access to health care.

Turkish diaspora urges Canada to expedite immigration of families hit by earthquake

Irem Koca The Star Tue., Feb. 14, 2023

OTTAWA Turkish Canadians are calling on Ottawa to expedite the visa applications of family stranded in Turkey, after the devastating earthquakes.

An online petition signed by more than 7,800 people asked Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a two-tiered approach to resettle Turkish citizens in Canada.

Percentage of permanent residents becoming Canadian citizens in decline: StatCan data

Christian Collington The Canadian Press Feb. 15, 2023

StatCan numbers reveal the percentage of permanent residents who become Canadians has plummeted over the past 20 years.

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship says Statistics Canada data points to a 40 per cent decline in citizenship uptake since 2001.

The group's CEO, Daniel Bernhard, calls the drop alarming and says it should serve as a "wake up call" to improving the experience newcomers have in Canada.

Roxham Road: 300 Migrants Redirected Elsewhere in Canada: Quebec Says

The Canadian Press Tuesday, February 14th 2023

Nearly 400 migrants who passed through Roxham Road on Saturday and Sunday were redirected to other Canadian provinces, Quebec Immigration Minister Christine Fréchette said Tuesday.

"We are starting to see results," she said in a press scrum. "We're very happy with that, we hope it will continue over time and that this will be the new approach to border management."