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Chinese security forces have moved quickly to silence newly crowned Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin, threatening her father who lives in China that if she...

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Prime Minister Modi’s trip to China, Mongolia, and South Korea has succeeded in giving the message that the rise of Asia in this century is inevitable and that the 21st century is going to be remembered as Asia’s century. Even though the trends of western decline and the rise of the East are very clear, yet the West is not ready to accept the new realities and wants to desperately hold on to the present unipolar world order, which is based upon western domination and American hegemony. 

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Thursday, 21 May 2015 00:00

Celebrating in the Face of Persecution

TORONTO—Today is a time to rejoice for these few hundred meditators who have gathered on Nathan Phillips Square, people who believe they’ve found the law...

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Shanghai (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed the shared legacy of Buddhism between India and China and their commonalities, including their large population, and said the two countries together could not only solve their problems but also be a force of good for the entire world. Modi, who wound up his three-day visit […]

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By Dr. Sawraj Singh The 70th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Germany in the Second World War was celebrated in Moscow on May 9, 2015. This was the largest such parade in Russia’s history. Besides 16,000 Russian troops, soldiers from countries such as China and India also participated. There was a massive display of Russian weaponry. This sends a strong message to the world that not only Russia is the leading nuclear power of the world, it is also a very big conventional military power. By winning the war with Georgia in 2008 and by winning the Ukraine war in 2015, Russia has re-established its credentials as one of the most important players in world politics.

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After signing as many as 24 agreements with China in Beijing on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did something that is unheard of with stiff Chinese leaders. Modi posed for a

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Xi’an/Beijing (IANS): With China’s rich cultural heritage and the ancient links of Buddhism forming a grand backdrop, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held “extremely productive” summit-level talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during which the border issue, the widening trade imbalance and “strengthening trust” were high on the agenda. Modi, who arrived in Beijing […]

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OTTAWA—Ottawa Falun Gong practitioners as part of a nationwide and worldwide demonstration took to the grassy area across the street from the Chinese embassy on...

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Sunday, 26 April 2015 09:50

Remittance 'Mega-Flows' to Asia

Remittances to the Philippines reached $28 billion US in 2014, making the country the third largest remittance recipient in the world, a report from the World Bank (WB) showed.

The country is preceded only by India, which received remittances of $70 billion, and China, $64 billion. Mexico and Nigeria followed the Philippines, having received $25 billion and $21 billion, respectively.

Total remittances in 2014 reached $583 billion, representing a 4.7 per cent growth from 2013.

With new thinking, these mega-flows can be leveraged to finance development and infrastructure projects.” - Kaushik Basu, World Bank

“This (total remittances) is more than double the ODA (official development assistance) in the world… With new thinking, these mega-flows can be leveraged to finance development and infrastructure projects,” said the bank’s chief economist and senior vice president Kaushik Basu.

For this year, global remittances are projected to grow by 0.4 per cent, the slowest growth rate since the global financial crisis in 2008.

In 2015, total remittances are expected to reach $586 billion.

The United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Canada are the top countries where Filipinos work or migrate.

“The slowdown in the growth of remittances this year will affect most developing countries…The positive impact of an economic recovery in the U.S. will be partially offset by continued weakness in the Euro area, the impact of lower oil prices on the Russian economy, the strengthening of the US dollar, and tighter immigration controls in many remittance source countries,” the report said.

Slowdown Seen in 2015

For East Asia and the Pacific, the World Bank said the growth will also be slower. From an estimated 7.6 per cent growth in 2014, growth this year is seen to hit 2.8 per cent.

Citing data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the BSP said 1.6 million Filipinos were deployed last year, while job orders increased by 10.7 per cent to 878,609.

The United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Canada are the top countries where Filipinos work or migrate.


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by Themrise Khan in Ottawa

Canada needs a greater competitive edge in order to remain a top destination of choice for immigrants from around the world. This was the primary message from the two-day Canadian Immigration Summit, wrapped up in Ottawa this week.

While the summit, which was organized by the Conference Board of Canada (CBOC) touched on a range of issues including language, employment, education, health, social integration and cultural adaptability, the economic benefit of immigration was clearly the focus. Not surprising, as economic migrants make up the bulk of total immigrants to most host countries in the West.

There is an urgent need to keep Canada relevant at a time when many other countries in East Asia and Africa, for instance, are upping their game in providing attractive employment or investment.

It was a lot of ground to cover in such a short time for what would help in developing the research agenda of the COBC’s newly created National Immigration Centre and associated National Immigration Action Plan.

In order for this plan to roll out effectively, a vast number of complex social issues must be addressed; the summit was set up to get the dialogue started. Here is a look at some of the hot-button issues surrounding the future of immigration that emerged:

Express Entry

Discussion around the new application management system for permanent residents, Express Entry, covered its benefits and drawbacks.

Despite being very new (only launched in January this year), there was caution around the system – which creates a pool of qualified applicants who can apply for permanent residency based on points – saying a human side needed to balance the economic side.

Interesting to note, Canada was seen primarily as a small business economy, and it was examined how Express Entry would impact newcomers in that context.

International Students

Canada has an ambitious target of attracting 450,000 international students to Canada by 2022. But, the country is starting to face stiff competition from places like China, from where a majority of Canada’s international students actually come from.

China is now ramping up its own education system to attract international students from the surrounding region.

Pathways to permanent residency, an attraction for many students who want to remain in Canada, is also heavily dependant on what Canada can offer these students in terms of employment prospects.

Global Competitiveness

There is an urgent need to keep Canada relevant at a time when many other countries in East Asia and Africa, for instance, are upping their game in providing attractive employment or investment. The flow of labour is shifting towards these regions.

Add to this, the notion of the “transnational entrepreneurs”, skilled professionals who do not want to remain in one country for very long, but follow the trail of economic prosperity in different countries.

A dearth of pre-arrival services was the most common gap perceived in the settlement services sector, in addition to weak funding and the need for such services to modernize to cater to the changing profile of immigrants over the years.

This is also an important challenge for the retention of newcomers to Canada. Staying in one place permanently is fast becoming a way of the past among many newcomers.

Immigrant Retention

Closely connected to settlement and an important part of the immigration mechanism, is the idea of retention.

A dearth of pre-arrival services was the most common gap perceived in the settlement services sector, in addition to weak funding and the need for such services to modernize to cater to the changing profile of immigrants over the years.

Preparing immigrants before they arrive in Canada of what to expect and where to find networks is an important part of their first impressions, and ultimate retention.

Aging Population

The observation that kept coming up was the challenge of an aging population in Canada and the need for immigration to fill this demographic gap.

But it was also made clear by more than one speaker that immigration is not a panacea to this and issues of labour market shortages in Canada.

Systems and processes need to be smoother and simpler, both for those who wish to migrate permanently, as well as those who want to work temporarily or transnationally.

Bringing more immigrants to Canada also needs extensive investment in resources and the creation of more economic opportunities.

Systems and processes need to be smoother and simpler, both for those who wish to migrate permanently, as well as those who want to work temporarily or transnationally.

Once again, the competitiveness of the global economy is one that needs to drive Canadian immigration policy.

But also, other incentives such as easy access to business loans to newcomers who seek to find alternative professions are ways to create an attractive and more stable environment for both the economy and newcomers.

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