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Rita Chahal, executive director of Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, who has been helping those who cross the border. They reached a highway around 2:30 a.m. and didn't know they'd already made it into Canada. Somali refugees in Toronto have formed numerous community associations to cater to their needs. Ahmed Hussen chairs the Canadian Somali Congress, which works closely with national and regional authorities to strengthen civic relations. ", Refugees climbed through snow to get to Canada. [7], The Canadian Somali Congress also teamed up with local Jewish community organizations in Ottawa and Toronto to offer mentorship opportunities to young Somali university students and professionals. Residents talk about their hope the screening process works, and that everyone gets vetted. Somalis tend to be concentrated in the southern part of the province of Ontario, especially in Ottawa and Toronto. According to the NHS, there are 28,475 Somalis in Canada aged 15 years and over that are eligible for the labour force. "I was telling Seidu that ... we have to give up.". Overall, post-secondary confirmations for Somali-speaking pupils have risen 25% between the 2000-2005 Grade 9 cohort and the 2008-2013 Grade 9 cohort compared with a 10% increase for TDSB students; college and university confirmations are 7% and 17%, respectively, higher than in 2008 and non-applications are 18% lower. Somali deportations began to rise under former President Barack Obama during the same time Canada saw an increase of asylum seekers with criminal records. The sheer number of those entering Emerson prompted an emergency town meeting. Born in Somalia, Hussen escaped to Canada to flee the civil war. Also, following international involvement and a somewhat improved security situation in Somalia in 2012, many Somali residents of Canada have begun returning to Mogadishu and other parts of their country of birth for investment opportunities and to take part in the ongoing post-conflict reconstruction process. CNN Sans ™ & © 2016 Cable News Network. Ahmed and Hossain were two of 25 people who crossed into the small border town of Emerson this weekend. Ahmed Hussen came to Canada from Somalia as a refugee. [12] The SCYM non-profit organization estimates that over people in the community have died from gun violence in the period between 2005-2016. Of these, 41% of Somali-speaking students confirmed an offer to an Ontario university compared with 50% of general students, 20% confirmed an offer to an Ontario college compared with a pupil average of 16%, and 12% applied to a post-secondary institute but did not confirm compared with a student average of 10%. Many had never seen snow in their home country, let alone walked miles in it. Hossain and every other asylum seeker who came through Chahal's doors, seems to feel their days of fleeing might finally be over. The vast majority of Somali refugees are living in neighboring countries Kenya (256,186), Yemen (250,500) and Ethiopia (192,082). But recently they are.". Now they find themselves crossing a border to beg for asylum all over again. Along with thousands of compatriots, Ahmed Hussen fled war-ravaged Somalia for a better life in Canada. There is a sizable Somali community in the United Arab Emirates. J.P. Venegas, who drives back and forth to the border picking up refugees for Welcome Place, with a child who crossed with his family. Some have no phone and begin knocking on doors at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., residents say. “I knew Trump was going to deport me,” he lamented to The NYT. [17] The Somali Youth Association of Toronto/Somali Youth Coalition (SOYAT) offers various social, recreational and educational programs for Somali youth to inculcate volunteerism and leadership. Hussen’s journey took him from Mogadishu to Toronto and then on to Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, where the former Somali refugee was […] "I know if I stay in the United States, I would be deported.". Somali-speaking students in Grades 9 and 10 attended each program of study at approximately the same proportion as the TDSB student average, taking most academic and applied courses at a similar rate. They were fleeing the United States for Canada, terrified but determined to get to safety. We shouting 'help, help.'". After-tax income represents around 90.3% of total income, with 9.7% of total income paid in income taxes.[11]. Somali Canadians are Canadians of Somali Origin or are dual Somali and Canadian nationality. The neighbourhood of Rexdale in Toronto has one of the largest Somali populations in the country. Hossain now proudly dons a shirt with a Canadian flag. Along with thousands of compatriots, Ahmed Hussen fled war-ravaged Somalia for a better life in Canada. 2, pp. They called 911, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers came, and the men requested asylum. Sharmarke Dubow is a Somali refugee, now a Canadian citizen, who is featured in an exhibit called I've Not Always Been Canadian at the Royal … Canada is failing Abdilahi Elmi, a Somali former child-refugee who is facing deportation to Somalia on Wednesday. [6] To address the issue, in 2010 the Canadian government, in coordination with the Somali Canadian Education and Rural Development Organization's Somali Youth Skills Project, set up job-preparation training and work experience programs for local Somali youth. Participating in the renovation of schools, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure, they have played a leading role in their capital's recovery and have also helped propel the local real estate market. A fifth of the Somali population was thought to have left … The U.N. is providing returnees with transportation, basic household items and three months of food … According to data from the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 65 Somalis were deported in 2014, 120 in … [11], The Somali community in Canada is represented by various Somali-run organizations. "Today I have some hope," Ahmed says. Emerson, Manitoba (CNN)Hussein Ahmed and Mohamed Hossain moved as quickly as they could through the waist-deep snow. Since he … From seven master’s students, the programme is now expanding to 60 learners. "Something was burning inside me," Mohammed recalls. ", "I thank to the government of Canada and the people of Canada and to the people at Welcome Place," Hossain says. Of the 28,475 persons aged 15 years or older, the major fields of study are business, management and public administration (2,230), health and related fields (1,840), social and behavioural sciences and law (1,425), architecture, engineering, and related technologies (1,380), mathematics, computer and information sciences (760), humanities (495), physical and life sciences and technologies (455), personal, protective and transportation services (395), education (300), and agriculture, natural resources and conservation (150), and 18,885 have no recognized post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree. [16] Among these are the Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton (SCCSE), which provides social, educational, recreational, cultural and religious programs and services to the Somali community in Edmonton. What began as a few here and there has become groups of five or six, then groups of 10, families clutching children as young as 6 months. It has been difficult to provide Somalia with the international aid that it needs. Now he’s the country’s newest minister of immigration. Feb. 17, 2017 (The Canadian Press / Paul Chiasson) [2500x1708] High quality images of the news. Twenty percent of the calls the municipality's fire department takes are now related to asylum seekers found entering town, French says. He drove them to as close as possible to the border about 8 p.m. on Friday might, the men say. Hossain says he fled discrimination as an ethnic minority in his country, after seeing his family members threatened or killed. [11], Official correctional figures at the population level for Somali residents are uncertain since Canadian law enforcement is prohibited from compiling ethnicity-based crime statistics. This was a 27% increase from the graduation rate of the Somali-speaking 2000 Grade 9 cohort. Then he signed an executive order temporarily barring refugees, and all travelers from Somalia. Most Somalis arrived in Canada between the late 1980s from northern Somalia, and early 1990s from other parts of Somalia as refugees, with some secondary migration from the United States. Canadian law stipulates that asylum seekers cannot simply show up at the border, so they must make their way illegally into Canada. The two men from Ghana had no idea the journey would be so emotionally and physically brutal when they set out in December for Canada. "Some people are scared, nervous. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor, File)(CNSNews.com) – Almost 100,000 Somali refugees have been resettled in the United States since 9/11, including 8,619 so far during the current fiscal year. The most established ones are the Somali Community Association of Etobicoke, Somali Immigrant Aid, Somali-Canadian Women's Association, Somali Islamic Society, and the Ogaden Somalis Association. Somali-owned businesses line the streets of Deira, the Dubai city centre, with only Iranians exporting more products from the city at large. But he knows as the weather gets warmer, larger numbers could come across the melting fields. "That is always in the back of your mind -- when you are getting these people coming in for one thing, they are breaking the law, so right away they are criminals," Janzen says. Despite having internal displacement and refugee crises of their own, countries like Yemen and Ethiopia have a long-standing history of welcoming refugees from Somalia. Locking their doors. 42 Somali refugees returned to the Horn of African country from Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya as part of the voluntary repatriation program on Saturday. "We feel like we are home, that's how we feel," Hossain says. [5], As with many other immigrant groups in Canada, Somalis have faced some barriers to employment despite including many qualified professionals. Middle East. "When you step your leg in the snow you can't pull it out. Sometimes drivers shuttle for three trips in one day. Of these, 4,315 are recent immigrants and 37,115 live in Somali-speaking households. Mohammed says he fled Ghana because he was labeled a criminal. The men say they had no other choice. "And in the back of your mind you are thinking of terrorism. They did this for three hours, the men said. Sharing a birthplace and a mutual Facebook connection made it easy for Ali and Iqra to forge a friendship online. Government transfer payments (33.6%) comprise the remainder of the total income, and consist of Canada/Quebec pension plan benefits (0.9%), old age security pensions and guaranteed income supplement (1.4%), employment insurance benefits (2.3%), child benefits (13.1%), and other government transfer income (15.9%). "Because at the end of that, those people who have been supported are so grateful and they have integrated well and they always, always give back.". The program spanned two years and took place in various major cities across the country, partnering 130 experienced Jewish-Canadian mentors with 18- to 25-year-old Somali-Canadians. He was just 16-years-old when he arrived here alone. "Sometimes we were crawling," Ahmed, 34, says. "We were standing in front of the highway for almost about seven good hours," Ioyal says. This has been attributed to enclave economies, self-employment, language unfamiliarity, and various public policies and social programs. Razak Ioyal and Seidu Mohammed know the scars the trek to Canada can leave -- both temporary and long-term. On the other hand, you are thinking of the safety of the residents. Going home would be deadly. Now he's the new minister of immigration. Of these individuals, 15,220 are in the labour force (12,025 employed and 3,195 unemployed), whereas 13,255 are not in the labour force. According to Statistics Canada, there are 44,995 persons of Somali origins in Canada. Despite being thousands of kilometres away, a group of refugees in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp are studying at Canada’s York University. [13], According to the NHS, the average income of the Somali Canadian population aged 15 years and over is $24,182. "Successful settlement happens when you support one another," Chahal says. This income falls within brackets of under $5,000 (4,370 individuals), $5,000 to $9,999 (2,950 individuals), $10,000 to $14,999 (3,000 individuals), $15,000 to $19,999 (2,945 individuals), $20,000 to $29,999 (3,690 individuals), $30,000 to $39,999 (2,695 individuals), $40,000 to $49,999 (1,620 individuals), $50,000 to $59,999 (890 individuals), $60,000 to $79,999 (975 individuals), $80,000 to $99,999 (460 individuals), $100,000 to $124,999 (185 individuals), and $125,000 and over (155 individuals). I thought I would never survive such a field of ice.". Neither man even knew what frostbite was. They are running for safety, running for their families," Chahal says. "We are coping with it.". [4] 16,030 of Horn-Of-Africa born residents have Canadian citizenship, 1,655 are citizens of Canada and at least one other country, and 5,115 are not Canadian citizens. In Somalia we are providing protection and life-saving to those who have been forced to flee their homes. Ahmed Hussen came to Canada from Somalia as a refugee. They hatched a plan to leave. Most Somalis arrived in Canada between the late 1980s from northern Somalia, and early 1990s from other parts of Somalia as refugees, with some secondary migration from the United States. "The doctors had to cut all my fingers," Mohammed says. "I have seen them walking around town, more than a number of times, where I've seen five people coming across, walking down the highway, sleeping on the side of the highway," Emerson Fire Chief Jeff French says. Ahmed says he fled death threats from Al-Shabaab. [10] Of those, 37,115 were Somali language speakers and 4,315 were recent immigrants.[4]. The men were stranded, with nobody to see them and call for help. He smiled from ear to ear after placing it over his head. In limbo: Dependency, insecurity and identity amongst Somali refugees in Dadaab camps, Refuge: Canada's Periodical on Refugees, vol. Among individuals with a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, 6,825 studied at an institute within Canada (6,115 in their province or territory of residence, and 710 in another province or territory), and 2,760 studied abroad. 25% of Somali-speaking pupils in Grade 9 completed fewer than eight credits by the end of the 2011-2012 school year compared with a student average of 15%, whereas 63% of Somali-speaking students completed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test compared with 73% of all first-time eligible TDSB pupils. Al-Shabaab fighters on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia in 2011. It also organizes the annual Somali Youth Recognition Awards, which recognize the achievements of and contributions made to the Somali community by individual Somali youngsters. So the town is preparing. Emerson, Manitoba (CNN) Hussein Ahmed and Mohamed Hossain moved as quickly as they could through the waist-deep snow. Part of the Canadian government's Youth Employment Strategy, this initiative is intended to help young Somalis facing employment challenges to better access career information, develop skills, gain relevant work experience, find jobs and stay employed. Ahmed Hussen came to Canada from Somalia as a refugee. There's somewhat of a crisis -- of conscience and policy. An internally-displaced Somali woman, right, is informed how to protect herself from the coronavirus at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia. Brenda Piett, a local emergency official, who got a call when the first large group of refugees came into Emerson from the United States. Both the Ghanaians and Somalis, along with dozens of others who have arrived since last fall, can only express gratitude for how they were welcomed to Canada. ... Is it going to get worse? Since the mid-1980s, thousands of Somalis have come to Canada fleeing human rights abuses by the regime of Mohamed Siad Barre and the civil war that ensued following the downfall of the regime in 1991. The labour force participation rate is 53.5%, with an employment rate of 42% and an unemployment rate of 21%. Workers at the "Welcome Place," where her group operates, shuttle back and forth to the border when they get calls about new groups arriving. Over 870,000 Somalis are registered as refugees in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, while an estimated 2.1 million men, women and children are displaced within the country itself. Statistics Canada's 2006 Census ranks people of Somali descent as the 69th largest ethnic group in Canada. In … They reasoned it was better to go on than risk being sent back to the United States. Royal Canadian Mounted Police help Somali refugees from the U.S. cross safely into Canada. Ioyal says his hands were so frozen it sounded like when glasses are clinked together. As of April 30, 2017, UNHCR estimated that ap… Rita Chahal, executive director of Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, has been working to help them at their moment of desperation. But, in that moment Ioyal says he thought they might die in that field. [15] The Council of Somali Canadian People of Alberta oversees the Somali community organizations in Alberta. Canada has seen a steady increase in the number of asylum claims from Somalia over the past five years, according to statistics from the federal Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). "It was terrible. They welcome us like we are part of them. Ahmed and Hossain say they were drawn to America as the land of opportunity, home of refugees, a place that cherishes human rights. In terms of class of worker in the labour force, 12,355 are employees and 1,070 are self-employed. They took skin from his thigh to help repair the skin burned by frostbite. 22, no. Two Ghanaians who suffered frostbite crossing the border from the United States into Canada. "I am wanted ... because of my sexual, sexual orientation," he says. "We traveled the whole day and ... actually we lost the direction," Hossain, 28, says. 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