String of Surrey shootings connected to turf war between Somali and South Asian gangs

Young refugees have little support for trauma, says head of Umoja Operation Compassion Society of BC

By The Early Edition, CBC News Posted: Apr 30, 2015 12:55 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 30, 2015 12:55 PM PT

The Umoja Operation Compassion Society of BC helps young African refugees to adjust to life in Canada - and its executive director says more needs to be done to prevent young people getting involved with gangs.The Umoja Operation Compassion Society of BC helps young African refugees to adjust to life in Canada – and its executive director says more needs to be done to prevent young people getting involved with gangs. (umojaoperation.ca/)

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Keeping Somali youth out of gangs 6:49

The head of a Surrey, B.C.-based organization that works with Somali immigrants and refugees wants better gang prevention programs for youth, as the community grapples with 23 shootings in two months.

RCMP have said the shootings are connected to a turf war between rival Somali and South Asian gangs.

“It’s a big problem generally in the youth. If there are no youth programs the Somalis won’t be there,” Amos Kambere, Executive Director of theUmoja Operation Compassion Society of BC, told The Early Edition’sRick Cluff.

Huge culture shock

Kambere said many of the Somalis who come to Canada have suffered violence in refugee camps and experience a huge culture shock when they arrive.

“These people are coming with issues of trauma, issues of mental health and when they come here they are overwhelmed.”

Family of Egyptian investor who dies sent back, $41,000 out of $120,000 deposit refunded

Apr 13, 2015

Father’s death leaves would-be immigrant family out $120,000

Egyptian man who obtained visas for his family under the investor program died before they could come. So Canada sent them back — but kept their hefty deposit

Father’s death leaves would-be immigrant family out $120,000

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Khadiga Abogabal holds the passport issued to her late father, stamped with the immigration visa under the investor immigration program. His untimely death destroyed her hopes, and those of her mother and sister, for a new life in Canada.
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On his deathbed in a hospital in Egypt, Amr Abogabal was anxious about one thing in particular: He kept reminding his wife and daughters not to miss the expiry date on their Canadian immigration visas.

The family had been approved to come to Canada under the investor immigration program and issued papers to that effect in 2013. His heart attack last April came as they were preparing for the big move.

What they didn’t know was that their hopes for a new life in Canada hinged on the survival of Abogabal, an oil company accountant, who had made a $120,000 deposit in 2011 to qualify.

Abogabal died in April 2014, and his wife and daughters have been denied permanent residency status and lost most of their hefty deposit. They are now embroiled in a bitter battle with the National Bank of Canada to get it back.

“My father invested the money in Canada so we could get our immigration status,” Abogabal’s older daughter, Khadiga Abogabal, told the Star. “They’ve had our money since 2011. Now, they refused to give us status or a full refund.

Khadiga Abogabal said her father and mother, Omaima Ibrahim, 51, began the investor’s application process in 2010 and wired $120,000 to the National Bank the following year.

In August 2013, they received their visas, which remained valid until July 20, 2014. She said her father had a heart attack on April 21, 2014, and spent 27 days in intensive care before he died.

“When he was awake, he’d scribble and remind us to go to Canada before the (visa’s) expiry date. We’d actually booked our plane tickets in March (2014), before my father went into hospital,” said Khadiga, 26, a university graduate who worked as a pharmacist in Egypt.

Khadiga, her sister, Fatma, 20, and their mother arrived here on July 10 as planned but officials refused to issue them permanent residency after they revealed that the elder Abogabal had died.

In September, immigration officials issued an exclusion order and ordered them to leave Canada immediately. Her mother and sister flew back to Cairo in October, but Khadiga insisted on staying until the family gets their money back.

After months of negotiations, the family said, they were told they’d get a refund of just $41,000 — an offer the three women, now left with nothing but a house in Cairo, rejected.

“We trusted Canada and we paid the money before receiving the visas two years later,” Khadiga said. “After that, the bank told us the refund would be $41,000. Where is the other $80,000? Where is the justice?”

Citizenship and Immigration Canada confirmed the family’s story but said officials’ hands are tied and they must follow the law.

VANCOUVER: Chinese corruption fugitive Michael Ching Mo Yeung (Cheng Muyang) a criminal and fraudster, says Canada’s immigration ministry

Scathing statement follows revelation Chinese police asked Canada to deny citizenship to Vancouver property mogul, now seeking asylum

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 May, 2015, 10:07am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 May, 2015, 10:13pm

Ian Youngin Vancouver

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Canada’s immigration ministry has launched a scathing attack on Chinese corruption fugitive Michael Ching Mo Yeung, describing the Vancouver property mogul as a criminal and a fraudster.

The extraordinary statement was issued to the South China Morning Post on Thursday, two days after the Post exposed Ching as graft suspect Cheng Muyang, son of disgraced Hebei politician Cheng Weigao, who died in 2010.

But Ching has not been convicted of any crimes and is not believed to be the subject of a Canadian criminal investigation. The Post has no evidence of his guilt or innocence.

Asked to comment on Ching’s case, and his claims to have been unfairly denied Canadian citizenship, Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued a written statement: “Canadians are generous and welcoming people, but they have no tolerance for criminals and fraudsters abusing our generosity.

Ecuadorian frustrated with Yukon Nominee Program

‘There’s no way to find out who’s hiring and who’s not,’ says Juan Carlos Escobar Hernandez

By Karen McColl, CBC News Posted: Apr 27, 2015 8:24 AM CT Last Updated: Apr 27, 2015 12:54 PM CT

Juan Carlos Escobar Hernandez flew to Whitehorse from Edmonton earlier this month with the hope of being hired into the Yukon Nominee Program, but he says so far he hasn't had much success.Juan Carlos Escobar Hernandez flew to Whitehorse from Edmonton earlier this month with the hope of being hired into the Yukon Nominee Program, but he says so far he hasn’t had much success. (Karen McColl)

 

An Ecuadorian man who came to the Yukon in a final attempt to attain permanent residency — and whose work permit is about to run out — says he’s frustrated by a lack of information available to foreign workers.

Juan Carlos Escobar Hernandez, 30, flew to Whitehorse from Edmonton earlier this month with the hope of being hired into the Yukon Nominee Program, which offers a pathway to citizenship. So far, he says, he hasn’t had much success.

“I think I applied to 90 per cent of the hotels in Whitehorse. I’ve applied to a few restaurants, a few stores,” he said 10 days after his arrival.

He said one company offered to hire him but didn’t want to have to go through the nominee program.

Escobar Hernandez, who has a diploma in tourism from Ontario’s Fanshawe College, said it’s frustrating not knowing what businesses are part of the nominee program.

“You hear from other foreigners to go to Canadian Tire or to go to different hotels, but it’s not advertised. There’s no way to find out who’s hiring and who’s not. Especially for the nominee program.”

Ian Young: Chinese millionaires appear to be deserting Quebec’s immigrant investor scheme

BIO

Ian Young is the SCMP’s former International Editor. A journalist for more than 20 years, he worked for Australian newspapers and the London Evening Standard before arriving in Hong Kong in 1997. There he won or shared awards for excellence in investigative reporting and human rights reporting, and the HK News Awards Scoop of the Year. He moved to Canada with his wife in 2010 and is now the SCMP’s Vancouver correspondent.
 Quebec City may be one of Canada’s most beautiful towns, but few of the rich Chinese immigrants who enter Canada under the Quebec Immigrant Investor Programme end up living there, or anywhere else in Quebec province.
New developments in the Quebec Immigrant Investor Programme (QIIP) – long one of the world’s most popular wealth migration vehicles – suggest rich Chinese are deserting the scheme which has brought thousands of mainland millionaires to Canada, most of whom end up to living instead in faraway Vancouver via an immigration loophole.

An Asia-based immigration industry source said that the scheme, which had a 2014 quota of 1,750 applications (including up to 1,200 from China), had failed to hit that target – and by a wide margin.

CHINESE INVESTORS WANT TO CHANGE IMMIGRATION LAWS IN QUEBEC (in French)

De mystérieux hommes d’affaires chinois veulent s’établir au Québec et changer les règles

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Pas moins de 1000 entrepreneurs chinois associés tentent de poser leurs valises au Québec pour lancer un projet commercial d’un milliard de dollars, à Longueuil. Leur objectif est de révolutionner la façon de faire des affaires avec la Chine. Mais pour cela, ils devront obtenir une modification des quotas d’immigration au Québec. 

 

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Les hommes d’affaires impliqués sont tellement nombreux qu’ils envisagent de noliser un avion d’Air Canada pour faire le voyage depuis la Chine. Ils veulent aussi construire des centaines de maisons pour loger leurs familles sur la Rive-Sud et à Montréal.

La compagnie Min Ying Holdings a de très grandes ambitions pour son projet de Centre commercial de distribution internationale. Elle veut en faire une plaque tournante en Amérique du Nord pour permettre de commander directement, sans intermédiaire, des produits manufacturés aux usines chinoises [exemples : stylos, brosses à cheveux, jouets, vêtements...].