Author: Helena Martin

Watch Your Language!

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As an immigrant, one of the biggest challenges is overcoming the language barrier. It can be really daunting to move somewhere where your first language is not spoken. Even simple tasks like doing the groceries can be difficult. I’ve had…

Escaping the Jungle

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“The Jungle” in Calais, France is to be permanently closed and demolished, and authorities will begin to evict inhabitants today. The makeshift camp houses migrants from war-torn countries such as Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Syria. These people wish to cross…

Immigrants and the Election in the United States

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On average, the United States welcomes about 3,000 new citizens a day. As a nation of immigrants, the USA continuously faces newcomers’ issues and policies. With the influx of Syrian refugees, immigration has become an especially important topic in the…

A Call for Increased Transparency

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A bureaucracy works. It’s evident in the success of Canada’s systems. No process is perfect, and there are definitely some flaws in the system. On the state level, a few mistakes can be overlooked if the system works as a whole.…

A Mutually Beneficial Situation

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In the last year alone, Canada has welcomed more than 320,000 newcomers — clearly indicating that a lot of people want to be in this country. A large portion of this number is made up of Syrian refugees, with Canada welcoming…

The Punisher: the Filipino Peoples’ President

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Last May, the Philippines had its presidential elections, and winning by a significant margin was Rodrigo Duterte, a former mayor in the city of Davao in the south. It has only been five months since he’s been in office, and…

Leaving Everything Behind: Why do People Immigrate?

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Pack everything up, buy a ticket, and leave your home. There, no one knows you, and you might have to start from scratch. It will be difficult, especially with the amount of confusing paperwork. If things are going to be…

Working with Hope in the Liberal Government

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With the liberal government’s victory in the last election, there have been high hopes for easier processes and more relaxed policies when it comes to migrant workers. Especially with the influx of people due to the Syrian refugee crisis, the issues…

The Beginnings of (Im)Migration

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A new place, new people, and a new life: these are the things that immigrants, migrant workers, and refugees yearn for. People decide to uproot their lives for a variety of reasons. Some move in search for economic wealth, others…