La Nouvelle-Écosse souligne la 32e Journée internationale de la Francophonie, aujourd’hui 20 mars, par la publication d’un plan d’action visant à attirer les immigrants francophones et à les inciter à rester dans la province. La Journée internationale de la Francophonie célèbre la langue française et la culture francophone. « Notre communauté acadienne et francophone est une composante essentielle de l’identité et du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse, affirme Lena Metlege Diab, ministre des Affaires acadiennes et de la Francophonie. En cette Journée internationale de la Francophonie, nous célébrons la langue française et la culture francophone, et nous soulignons les importantes contributions des francophones à notre province et à notre pays. » L’immigration joue un rôle important à l’appui de la communauté acadienne et francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse. C’est pourquoi l’Office de l’immigration de la Nouvelle-Écosse et l’Office des affaires acadiennes et de la francophonie ont élaboré le Plan d’action pour l’immigration francophone. Ce plan présente l’orientation stratégique et les mesures visant à encourager l’immigration francophone. Avec ces mesures, on compte attirer les étrangers francophones en Nouvelle-Écosse et appuyer l’établissement et l’intégration des immigrants francophones par l’accès à des services et à des programmes. « Il est pertinent de lancer ce plan pendant la Journée internationale de la Francophonie, ajoute Mme Metlege Diab. Les immigrants veulent s’installer dans notre province, et l’établissement de nouveaux arrivants contribuera à la croissance de notre population, au renforcement de notre économie et à la revitalisation de nos collectivités, et ce, au profit de tous les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Des renseignements supplémentaires au sujet du Plan d’action pour l’immigration francophone se trouvent au https://acadien.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/inline/documents/fr_immigration_action_plan_fr.pdf .
The two men, both wearing red prison-issue clothing, were also ordered to refrain from contacting any of the other four accused in the smuggling.The accused are charged with organizing the smuggling of the Tamils aboard the MV Sun Sea between August 2009 and Aug. 13, 2010, when the ship arrived in Esquimalt. The passengers were picked up in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand.The other four accused have not yet had bail hearings. The next court appearance in the case is set for Aug. 29. No trial date has yet been set. The reasons for judgment of B.C. Supreme Court Madam Justice Brenda Brown ordering the release of the two men cannot be reported due to a publication ban. They were brought to B.C. and appeared in a Vancouver courtroom Monday following an application to be released on bail. Canada’s British Columbia (B.C.) Supreme Court has ordered the release of two Ontario men charged in the smuggling into Canada of 492 Tamils aboard a freighter off the B.C. coast.Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam Rajaratnam were charged in June with organizing illegal entry into Canada in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Mahendran was released on a $25,000 surety and a number of conditions including that he remain in Ontario and not change his residence without permission and that he surrender his Canadian passport and any visas or travel documents.Rajaratnam is to be released on a $10,000 cash deposit with three named sureties. He must also remain in Ontario and surrender his passport. As of April 30, six out of the 492 asylum seekers had been accepted as refugees and 19 had been issued deportation orders. (The province)
The agency staff endured security challenges including having to operate under the threat of intermittent fire between rival militias. Many of those evacuated have been held in Libyan detention centres for several months, living in wretched conditions and suffering malnutrition and poor health.They are now being hosted under UNHCR’s Emergency Transit programme (ETM), pending more permanent solutions. UNHCR Chief of Mission in Libya, Roberto Mignone, said that for many of the Nigeriens, rescue meant the difference between living, and dying.“These evacuations are a life-changing and life-saving escape for refugees trapped in detention in Libya,” he said. “Refugees and migrants in detention centres often suffer squalid conditions and are at risk of being sold to traffickers and smugglers.”© UNHCR/Noor ElshinMany Nigerien migrants making their way to Europe are intercepted while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, ending up in Libyan detention centres, and returning home with accounts of the horrific human rights abuses they have suffered.This evacuation, the first from Libya since June, brings the total number of migrants and asylum seekers evacuated since December 2017, to 1997.Another 85 refugees from Syria, Sudan and Eritrea were also flow to relative safety this week, with assistance from the UN migration agency (IOM), and will spend a few days at UNHCR’s Emergency Transit Mechanism before flying to Norway.UNCHR welcomes the efforts of countries coming forward with offers to host refugees leaving Libya, and urges resettlement countries to speed up the process.“People are being intercepted off the Libyan coast faster than we can evacuate them,” said Mr. Mignone. “We are deeply grateful for all those who have come forward with resettlement places but the simple truth is we need more evacuations, more often.”