ACCESS ALLIANCE AND THE ARRIVAL OF THE KAREN REFUGEES IN TORONTO-2006.
Canada's New Government Welcomes Burmese RefugeesOttawa, June 20, 2006 — On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and Jahanshah Assadi, Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), are pleased to announce Canada’s pivotal role in an international effort to provide solutions for Burmese (Myanmar) refugees stranded in camps in Thailand for more than a decade
Summer 2006: a meeting is called by TPH that involved all major TB organizations in Toronto; AAMCH was invited by COSTI to participate
AAMCHC offered to receive all 68 karen refugees arriving in Canada beginning in Sept 2006
Due to the concern about pulmonary TB all involved felt that there should be an initial assessment within 24 hours of arrival
AAMCHC took the lead in organizing and implementing the approach to the initial assessment of the new arrivals
-the karens are one of the largest minority group in Burma (Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%)
-they have been struggling against the central govt. since independence in 1948
-govt activities have become increasingly more aggressive in the last 20 years thus resulting in 140,000 refugees crossing the border into Thailand
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Canada to welcome 2,000 more Karen refugees
London, February 9, 2007 — The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced that Canada will welcome an additional 2,000 Karen refugees from Burma (also known as Myanmar) over the next two years.
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