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The Concordia Arts in Health Centre launches a pilot project bringing art therapy to newcomers
April 27, 2022

The collaborative initiative provides immigrants and refugees with affirmative and culturally relevant services

The Concordia Arts in Health Centre (CAiHC) has launched its first pilot project in collaboration with the Refugee Centre, Montreal Therapy Centre (MTC) and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). Jude Ibrahim, a Concordia MA in art therapy student, is the lead behind the project, which she initiated as part of her practicum.

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More asylum-seekers crossing into Canada after ban lifted, stats show
April 25, 2022

Snowy northern winters tend to see a drop in asylum-seekers crossing from the United States into Canada at Roxham Road, Quebec. Not this past winter.

The increase follows the lifting of a pandemic-era order in December. Since March 2020, border police had refused entry to all asylum-seekers in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. “It seems to me the ministry has been caught off guard,” said Montreal lawyer Pierre-Luc Bouchard, who has 70 refugee cases after two years with almost zero new clients. “They are completely confused.”

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Atlantic Canada looking to attract refugees to smaller towns
April 19, 2022

A pilot program targeting Atlantic Canada but starting in New Brunswick wants to attract refugees to help save small towns given their aging populations and youth exodus.

To deal with an aging and dwindling population, New Brunswick is working with some NGOs to help attract and retain refugees in a bid to save the future of the province’s smaller towns. Working with the Montreal-based Refugee Centre and the Toronto-based Northpine Foundation, the Refugee Relocation Program is piloting an initiative to relocate refugees from metropolitan cities to smaller towns in the Atlantic provinces, beginning in New Brunswick.

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The Refugee Centre Sues the Quebec Ministry of Immigration
October 18, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A judicial review has been filed over the mismanagement of the Private Sponsorship Program

The Refugee Centre (TRC) has filed a judicial review against the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Francisation et Intégration (MIFI) over the mismanagement of the private sponsorship program at the beginning of 2020. TRC made the decision to pursue this after receiving a generic response that their applications for private sponsorship were deemed to be ‘non-receivable.’ The reason for the response was stated as due to the fact that the quota for their category was reached. The lawsuit was filed in Quebec City in October 2020 and the Quebec Superior court heard the merits of the case on October 4 and 5th, 2021. For more details on the case, please contact Abdulla Daoud at or call at (514) 846-0005.

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Organizations providing mental health services for refugees are overwhelmed by need
January 28, 2021

For organizations helping refugees adapt to coming to Canada, mental health services are a big need – especially now, when people are arriving during a lockdown.

New refugees are dealing with some extra challenges in addition to this pandemic. Many of the resources refugees use have been suspended, forcing organizations like The Refugee Centre to team up with the Red Cross to fill in the gaps. It's important for both Quebec and Ottawa to increase support for this population, because as much as refugees need Canada, Canada benefits from them too, explained Abdulla Daoud of The Refugee Centre.

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Meeting with Marc Miller (MP of Ville-Marie, Le Sud-Ouest, Île-des-SOEurs)
March 30, 2021

Part of our job is to advocate on behalf of newcomers and refugees in our community. We met with Marc Miller, MP of Ville-Marie, Le Sud-Ouest, Île-des-Sœurs, where we are located, in order to discuss the needs and obstacles that the individuals we work with are facing in Canada and the potential solutions.

The Refugee Centre on CTV News Montreal
January 29, 2021
The Refugee Centre’s Promising Practices
February 20, 2020

‍Featured as part of Pathways to Prosperity's Project: Sharing Settlement Practices that Work.

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The Refugee Centre at the House of Commons
February 4, 2019

Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration - Settlement Services Across Canada

Abdulla Daoud, our executive director, speaks at the House of Commons, Canada, to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, on the topic of Settlement Services Across Canada. He spoke about how we, at The Refugee Centre, are doing our part for newcomers in Montreal.

The Committee is studying settlement services provided for newcomers. The study will focus on the range of services available and best practices in service delivery; criteria for measuring success; gathering information on the supply of and demand for services and their funding; and current partnerships with the provinces, territories and organizations providing services. To see the full video, click here.

The Refugee Centre on Radio Canada International’s Podcast: The Link
June 1, 2018

Special from le Salon de l’Immigration 2018

“Abdulla Daoud, Executive Director [of The Refugee Centre], also spent some time with us talking about his organization and the variety of services offered including something called the DevBloc Social Innovation Catalyst, which helps refugees get involved in the tech sector and even create their own start-ups. They have technology boot camps and endeavor to involve local communities in their efforts.” To read the full article, click here.

The Refugee Centre on Breakfast Television Montreal
November 23, 2017
November 23, 2017

Photo courtesy: Concordia Refugee Centre

Filippo Grandi (centre), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, poses with Concordia Refugee Centre staff and volunteers during a visit in November 2017.

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The Refugee Centre & UNHCR Canada’s Media Campaign
November 20, 2017

We created this video collaboratively with the UNHCR.  The video was played in movie theatres all across Canada.

Nov 4, 2017

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir

Le haut-commissaire des Nations unies, Filippo Grandi, photographié lors de son passage à l’Université Concordia.

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Nov 3, 2017

Photo courtesy: UNHCR

Team LUNA AI with Abdulla Daoud (right), Executive Director of DevBloc at The Refugee Centre in Montreal. The High Commissioner for Refugees witnesses first-hand how refugees’ experiences help them develop tech solutions to their day-to-day problems.

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