Category: Arab community

Refugee study seeks Calgary newcomers to improve experience for people fleeing war-torn countries Researcher Yahya El-Yahib says refugees from war-torn countries like Syria can often be traumatized and need different treatment and supports than other categories of refugee. He wants to find out how their needs are being met from the moment they land in Canada through to integrating into Canadian communities. (Dan McGarvey/CBC) Researchers at the University […]

A small Ontario town welcomed Egyptian immigrant Michael Haddad . Now he’s buying its church — to save it Local pharmacist Michael Haddad outside the United Church in Hensall, Ont., this month. Part of why he is putting up money to buy the church is that he worries that because Hensall has an older population they’d be unable to attend another church. “How about all those people who don’t drive?” he wondered. “How […]

Three years on, many Syrian refugees find stressful path to Canadian citizenship For Fouzia Al Hashish and thousands of other Syrian refugees, the time has come to put the finishing touches on their new national identity. The 23-year-old mother’s 2019 goal is already quite clear: a Canadian citizenship and a dark blue passport for herself, husband Mohammad Al Mnajer, and their children. However, refugee advocates say obstacles […]

After three years in Canada, Syrian refugees still adjusting In 2015, Canada welcomed the first Syrians seeking a new life here. There was much fanfare, and since then, Canada has accepted nearly 60,000 Syrian refugees. But there’s been no formal process to track how they’re doing, who’s settling in, and who’s struggling. As Mike Drolet reports, critics say it’s too early to call […]

Why some Syrian refugees decline Canada’s resettlement offer Open this photo in gallery: Syrian refugee Omayma Al Kasem, 26, at the Jordanian Society for Human Development where she volunteers as a mental health aid worker in Jerash, Jordan Dec. 15, 2015. Ms. Al Kasem was a fourth-year law student before fleeing to Jordan. She rejected going to Canada because she doesn’t want […]

Syrian refugees unhappy with London’s hospitality: Canadian shawarma disappoints those fleeing “war torn area”? ANDREW LAWTON REBEL COMMENTATOR A few days ago, The Rebel shared with you a story about a London, Ontario refugee family looking to go back to Syria because of their dissatisfaction of life in Canada. It appears that family isn’t alone. A number of the 1,000 Syrian refugees that have resettled in London–a city of 380,000–have signed a […]

Syrian family grapples with bedbug infestation at Fredericton apartment Lama and Mohammed Al-Khatebb were happy to move into a larger apartment with their two children in April. The family moved to Fredericton three years ago. (Joe McDonald/CBC) The biting started almost right away. Within days of moving into a new larger apartment on Fredericton’s north side, a Syrian family started to get bites on their […]

A very critical clash of cultures’: Plea deal over honour killing threats saves Syrian couple from deportation

‘A very critical clash of cultures’: Plea deal over honour killing threats saves Syrian couple from deportation Bayan Ayoub, left, her mother Faten, top right, and father Ahmad outside the courthouse in Burton, New Brunswick, on May 15, 2018.Don MacPherson and Caitlin Dutt/The Daily Gleaner   A Syrian refugee couple who threatened their adult daughter […]

Syrian refugee Hassan Al Kantor, stranded in Malaysian airport for 7 months, coming to Canada Syrian refugee Hassan Al Kantor, who lived in a Malaysian airport for seven months, is now on his way to Canada thanks to sponsors in Whistler, B.C. (Hassan Al Kantor/Twitter) 294 comments The Syrian refugee who spent seven months living in limbo at a Malaysia airport has announced on social media that he is on his way to Canada. “For […]