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Safe Integration Project

The Safe Integration Project (SIP) was launched by the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) in London, Ontario, Canada with the aim to prevent family violence within families coming from conflict zones that have experienced pre-migration trauma. SIP provides families and individuals coming from conflict zones with crisis intervention skills and safe […]
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Muslim Family Safety Project

Changing Ways is an organization founded in 1982 in London, Ontario as a result of a research project which recommended the development of a program for men as part of an integrated community response to violence against women. During the past five years, their program “Muslim Family Safety Project” (MFSP) has been very successful in […]
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Best Employers for New Canadians competition

Canada’s Top 100 Employers recognizes Canada’s best places to work through different competitions. The Best Employers for New Canadians competition. is a campaign launched for the first time in 2007 that it is managed by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in partnership with the mentoring program ALLIES, a joint initiative of the The […]
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Vancouver, an exemplary diverse city

In an interview to the Canadian news channel CTV, Mayor Gregor Robertson, praised Vancouver’s diversity because it “doesn’t just provide it with an identity and reputation for being welcoming – it’s also the city’s ticket to future prosperity.” By 2031, nearly 60 per cent of Vancouver residents will be visible minorities, up from 42 per […]
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Survey reveals misperceptions about migration data

Debates around migration are often fuelled by large-scale misconceptions both in North America and Europe. People need to be given a realistic sense of the scale of immigration in their country so that they can have a nuanced view toward immigration. According to a survey released on February 3rd Americans and Europeans both tend to […]
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Youth Empowering Parents

With the YEP approach, we have one trained ESL instructor teach multiple youths at the same time, who in return provide one-on-one tutoring to their respective parent/guardian. Based on our primary research observation, we found this dynamic already existing between many immigrant parents and children at home. We want to take what occurs naturally at home, and create a formalized program where progress can be tracked and rewarded. Essentially, the YEP program takes the existing model of one instructor to many immigrant parents and adds an intermediary (the youth) for an enhanced learning process.
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Chinese New Year celebrated around the world

Millions of Asians celebrate the Lunar New Year around the world. The Year of the Rabbit officially began on February 3. In China, people set off fireworks to welcome 4709. Celebrations will last 15 days ending with the full moon on the Lantern Festival. This festival is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children […]
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Japan: more skilled migrants and new integration policies

The Tokyo-based think tank Japan Forum on International Relations has submitted a set of policy recommendations on migration to the Prime Minister of Japan. The document “Prospects and Challenges for the Acceptance of Foreign Migrants to Japan” affirms that the country is losing favour as an investment destination because of several factors, including skilled labour […]
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2010 Cities of Migration Conference

The 2010 International Cities of Migration Conference, Oct. 3–4, 2010, brought together 170 migration experts, practitioners and city leaders from over 70 cities across 22 countries. Participant feedback has been exceptionally strong identifying positive messages about the value of diversity and local integration practices that work. Participants went home with practical lessons based on the […]
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Nomination call for Paul Yuzyk Award – Canada

Nominations for the third annual Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism can now be sumbitted. If you know a Canadian individual or organization that deserves to be recognized for his or her contributions to multiculturalism, diversity, and the integration of cultural communities and new Canadians, you can now nominate. The deadline for 2011 Paul Yuzyk Award […]
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The Canadian Council of Muslim Women

The Canadian Council of Muslim Women believes that "Muslim women must develop their Muslim identity while being a part of and making a positive contribution to Canadian society, and that they must provide positive role models for Muslim youth." Several projects implemented by the CCMW include the "Being Canadian Muslim Women in the 21st Century" project that promotes leadership among Canadian Muslim women/girls and encourages then to fully participate in society; or their Muslim Youth Program (My Canada Project), a two-year project that aims at "developing a coordinated strategy that will provide opportunities for Muslim youth to strengthen their Canadian Muslim identities and increase their participation in the civic life of their communities."
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Workshops for community building

In partnership with the City of Williams Lake in Canada, the association Ear to the Ground Planning has organized a workshop that aims to connect youth, elders and community leaders from different backgrounds and discuss issues of violence and racism. Called Inter-Generational Dialogues, the workshop encourages respectful listening and sharing as a means for participants […]
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Internship Program helps newcomers integrate in Canada

Canada has launched a New Federal Internship for Newcomers Program. Over the past two years, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) ran two similar pilot internship initiatives. These initiatives benefited 29 interns last year. Health Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Canada Economic Development […]
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Mentorship Program for Ethnic Youth-at-Risk

The London InterCommunity Health Centre (LIHC) operates an innovative program in partnership with several local organizations of London, Ontario, Canada. The Ethno-Racial Mentoring Program matches 80 young people with mentors that will address their specific integration needs. The program aims to engage the young participants in the community as a way to help them step […]
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Canada celebrates its multiculturalism and diversity

Every summer, Canada celebrates its multicultural reality with numerous festivals. These festivals bring together a rich diversity of cultural heritages, represented by ethnic and community groups living together in Canada. The communities present the music, food, costumes and dances of their country of origin. The Surrey Fusion Festival, in Vancouver, is the most recent one […]
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European and North-American Muslims identify strongly with their countries of residence

The Gallup Coexist Index 2009, A Global Study of Interfaith Relations, found that North Americans are more likely to be tolerant or integrated than Europeans. The survey classifies respondents in 3 categories: those who are “isolated”, the “tolerant” who are respectful and open to other faiths and practices, and the “integrated” who feel respected by […]
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Cities of Migration: Conference on Integration as an Opportunity Agenda for Cities

Register now for the Conference "Migration to Integration: An Opportunity Agenda for Cities," October 3-4, in The Hague, Netherlands!
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The Local Dimension of Migration Policymaking

The authors Tiziana Caponio and Maren Borkert shows how societal inclusion is administered and produced at a local level.
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Migrant Integration Compendium, 2010 – IOM

The IOM Compendium of Migrant Integration, Policies and Practices, included 19 country profiles: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Portugal, Malaysia, Singapore, Republic of South Africa, Sweden, United States of America. The country profiles are all structured in a similar way to make comparing different […]
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Successful youth program for children of refugees

The Multicultural Association of Fredericton, NB, Canada has developed a very effective and successful youth program for recent immigrants and children of refugees. The program consists of several sub-programs: Rainbow of Cultures Summer Camp, children 6 to 16 take part in activities with both cultural and social themes. Diverse nationalities are matched by children from local families. Lasting friendships and communication and social skills are the outcomes. A homework club is offered in partnership with Frontier College for newcomer children and youth. A sport program is offered with the sport equipment provided and program registration provided if necessary. This program received funding from private sponsors and government. Many of our participants become sought for members of local teams. The MCAF Music program is also a...
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Attracting and retaining newcomers in a small city – research

Dr. Julie Drolet is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at Thompson Rivers University. She is the principal investigator of a study titled "Settlement Experiences of Family-Class Immigrants in a Small City." She is working towards creating a more welcoming and inclusive community in Kamloops, British Columbia, in order to attract and to retain newcomers in the Interior of BC. As a social work researcher, teacher and community member, she contributes to community engagement and dialogue on settlement and integration issues in Canada...
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Settlement and Integration in a small city

This community-based study looks at the settlement experiences of family immigrants in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. The importance of this study is in the opportunity to learn about settlement challenges newcomers face in smaller communities. This study helps to understand what changes need to be made in order to better serve and support their on-going transition. The best practices discovered as a result of this research are as follows: information and education about the diversity of cultural norms needs to be introduced to a community at every level to facilitate understanding and cooperation. Greater collaboration between organizations working with immigrants will help the integration process. The main reasons that retain newcomers are: affordability of basic life needs, accessibility and proximity to services (health care,...
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A virtual exploration of Franco-African immigrants’ arrival in Alberta – Canada

The Karibuni (Ki-Swahili for Welcome) DVD documentary, created by Victor Moke-Ngala, takes participants on a virtual exploration of Franco-African immigrants’ arrival in Alberta. Through this documentary, participants learn of the journey Franco-Africans take in leaving their original homes, arriving in Canada, experiencing the challenges and barriers to integration and eventually finding support and joining welcoming communities within their new home country. The Karibuni manual provides further education and resources in the area of migration to Canada to help participants build a more in-depth awareness and knowledge about the experiences, barriers and challenges newcomers face. The Karibuni manual offers education in the area of: understanding migrant issues, understanding the concept of integration...
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Migrant Routes Program

The Migrant Routes program uses education and training to help community members, workers, educators and students to explore the experiences, challenges and barriers newcomers face when settling in Canada and to help develop and identify ways to build anti-racist, equitable and inclusive spaces for migrants in their new Canadian communities. Migrant Routes workshops do the following: examines the experiences/challenges/barriers that migrants face when joining and becoming a part of Canadian communities including workplaces, schools, organizations, and other social, political and economic institutions; addresses how discrimination and racism can impact migrants through policies and practices; provides the capacity for participants to build their own awareness of the social, economic, political conditions and relations...
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Centre for race and Culture – CRC

Since 1993, the Centre for Race and Culture (CRC) has worked throughout northern Alberta to foster social harmony and cultural inclusion.The Migrant Routes program works with organizations, workplaces, schools, unions and communities to build inclusive and equitable spaces for newcomers to Canada...
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Welcoming Communities Initiative

Medium-sized cities in Ontario need to attract and include immigrants in order to boost their economies and slow population decline. Welcoming Communities Initiative provides advice on how to better serve and integrate newcomers...
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