Author: Helena Martin

Where Are You From?

Canada takes pride in its multicultural population. In 2011, the National Household Survey found that there are more than 200 ethnic origins in the country. Not only that, but 19.1% of the population identified themselves as a member of a…

Sick of Complaints

Canadian healthcare is one of the biggest upsides to living in Canada. Procedures, check-ups, and medication are not only free (most of the time), but they are also of good quality. As an immigrant, this was truly one of the…

Watch Your Language!

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

“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

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

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

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

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?

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…