Reuters: Canada granting refugee status to fewer illegal border crossers. Canada is rejecting more refugee claims from people who crossed its border illegally as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government seeks to dissuade, block and turn back thousands more, according to new data obtained by Reuters. Forty percent of such border crossers whose claims were finalized in the first three months of this year were granted refugee status, down from 53 percent for all of 2017, according to data provided by Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board. There were no claims finalized in the first three months of 2017. The Immigration and Refugee Board said on Tuesday it has received no directives or guidance on how to deal with these border crossers.

The Guardian: Syrian refugees face new enemy in Canadian apartments: bedbugs. They fled barrel bombs and chemical weapon attacks in war-torn Syria, but when they arrived in Canada to start rebuilding their shattered lives, they found themselves in a new battle with an invisible enemy. The problems began soon after a dozen refugee families moved into a high-rise building in Hamilton, Ontario. Children would cry through the night; parents discovered they were covered swollen red bite marks. When the culprit was identified, it kicked off a two-year legal battle, between the refugee families and an apartment rental company – over bedbugs. By Leyland Cecco.

Courrier International: French students are far behind the Chinese in Canada. Within ten years, the number of foreign students welcomed by Canadian universities has more than doubled, with a spectacular progression of the Chinese presence. There have never been so many foreign students in Canada: this is confirmed by recently published data by Statistics Canada for the 2015-16 period. In 2016, there were a total of 221,862 students enrolled at Canadian universities in all provinces – a figure that has more than doubled since 2006. According to the statistics, French students – 18,000 in total – come in third, far behind the Chinese students (70,000, or 32% of the total number of foreign students) and Indians (26,000).

Al Sabaah – Iraq: Ministry of Labor and Canadian company to cooperate on reconstruction projects. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Canadian Leaders in International Consulting (CLIC) company are preparing to cooperate on training projects during the latter half of the year as part of reconstruction efforts in Iraq. Director of Planning at the Department of Occupational Training at the Ministry stated that Ministry representatives have accompanied CLIC’s delegation in their visit to training centres in four provinces to check on their capabilities and readiness to execute the ‘Bolstering Reconstruction in Iraq through Development, Growth and Employment’ project (BRIDGE).

AhramTech – Egypt: Egypt Global Gate and Canadian Chamber of Commerce sign protocol for cooperation. The protocol aims to support national initiatives in tourism, manufacturing and trade. Areas of support include those in export of goods and services, appreciation of sources of foreign currency to the state, and the offer of consulting and technical service to manufacturers of various sizes. Fayez Ezzeldine, Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce office in Egypt, stressed the importance of such partnership which shall draw on Canadian expertise in the development and training of human resources, as applied to each of community development projects, e-commerce, and trade.

Le360 – Morocco: Princess Lalla Hasnaa participates in Women’s Forum in Toronto. In her capacity as President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa attended the ‘Women’s Forum – Bridging the gap: A call to the G7 for inclusive progress’ held in Toronto on the sidelines of the G7 Summit. Upon her arrival, HRH made discussions with each of Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, along with other attending delegates and Forum executives. She then made a keynote address on Climate Change, Oceans and Energy cooperation, and participated in the panel discussion on the outlines for comprehensive climate measures.

Al Akhbar Press – Morocco: Minister of Justice meets his Canadian counterpart in Ottawa. The Minister of Justice has met with Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in judicial affairs between Morocco and Canada. The meeting came on the sidelines of the ‘Conference on the Declaration of the Saint-Boniface for Conflict Prevention and Human Security – 12 Years Later’ organized by the International Organisation of La Francophonie. Wilson-Raybould lauded the reforms being carried out in the Moroccan justice system, evident by the success of the Marrakech International Justice Conference which witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Morocco and Canada. The Minister then met with Marc Giroux, Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs, who presented the mandate of the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada in safeguarding the independence of the judiciary.

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