Border Rights for Refugees: A multilingual guide

Posted by admin on Apr 5th, 2017

Border Rights for Refugees

A free multilingual guide for non-U.S. citizens coming to Canada from the U.S. to make a refugee claim.

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Thousands of refugees are crossing the Canada-U.S. border, many fleeing escalated sociopolitical, white supremacist, misogynist violence and I.C.E raids in the U.S.

In the first two months of this year, approximately 2000 refugee claims were filed at land ports of entry along the Canadian border. In Quebec alone there are six times more land-border refugee claims than in the same period last year. RCMP have intercepted or arrested (not yet charged) 1,134 refugees – nearly half as many asylum seekers in three months as all of the previous year.

Hundreds have been forced to cross irregularly under dangerous and life-threatening circumstances. People who have contacted us and our networks are primarily from Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Djibouti, Ghana, Nigeria, and Mexico.

The Canadian government and corporate media’s rhetoric about ‘welcoming refugees’ is misleading. There are many discriminatory and unjust barriers, such as the Safe Third Country Agreement that the Canadian government refuses to rescind, and a difficult legal system for refugees to navigate if coming through the U.S. This guide is to better inform and support those making the difficult decision to cross yet another colonial border.

The guide is produced by No One Is Illegal and the Immigration Legal Committee of the Law Union of Ontario. Supported by the African-Canadian Legal Clinic.

PDF of the English here

With professional translations in:
Chinese (Simplified Script)
Filipino (Standardized)
Haitian Creole
Kurdish (Sorani)

Freedom to stay, move, and return!

Response to Open Letter and Further Apology

Posted by admin on Dec 16th, 2015

Dear Marie-Jolie Rwigema, Diana Uwase Sauter, concerned members of Vancouver’s Rwandan community, as well as Elleni Centime Zeleke, Delice Mugabo and Hawa Y. Mire,

As indicated in our last email, we were in the process of writing a further apology. Since then we have also received the additional open letter. This is our further apology to our first and also a response to the open letter from December 15th addressed to NOII and supporters. » click here to continue reading

Accountability Statement and Apology from NOII-Vancouver Regarding Refugees Welcome Event

Posted by admin on Dec 1st, 2015

Please see link below to an accountability and apology statement from NOII-Van regarding  Refugees Welcome event held in October.

Statement from NOII-Van

Richmond man sues feds, Border Security TV show over filming of search and interrogation at Vancouver airport

Posted by admin on Mar 31st, 2015

By Keith Fraser, The Province March 26, 2015

A Richmond man is suing the federal government and the producers of a TV show after he was allegedly filmed without his permission at the Vancouver airport while he was being detained, questioned and falsely accused of money-laundering, gang membership and gang affiliations.

Neil Lim, a building manager, says that on March 23, 2013, as he was about to board a plane to Hong Kong for a three-week vacation, officers of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) demanded he produce travel documents and his backpack.

After two inspections were completed without incident, he says, an officer along with two unidentified men carrying video recording equipment from the show Border Security: Canada’s Front Line approached him.
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Migrant Justice Workshop with Check Your Head

Posted by admin on Jan 21st, 2015

Over the past few years we have seen a rush of action – and victories – on migrant justice in Canada. In direct response to youth calling for education on this issue, No One Is Illegal (Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories) is excited to partner with Check Your Head to deliver a popular education workshop on migrant justice!

The Migrant Justice workshop seeks to engage, activate, and empower people by giving them the tools to break down anti-migrant racism, colonial stereotypes, and understand Canada’s immigration system. No human being is illegal, and we need strong, dynamic, and active grassroots movements for migrant justice to make our movement a reality. Featuring arts-based activities, experiential learning from migrants and activists, and interactive histories, the Migrant Justice workshop is ready to be brought to you.

To book a FREE Migrant Justice workshop for your high school classroom or community group please call 604-685-6631 or online



NOII Statement: Inquest into Lucia Vega Jimenez Death in CBSA Custody

Posted by admin on Oct 7th, 2014

The BC Coroners Service is currently conducting an inquest into the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez. Jimenez was a 42-year Mexican hotel worker who died while in Canadian Border Service Agency’s custody in December 2013 after being turned over to immigration authorities by TransLink police. Just prior to her scheduled deportation to Mexico, she hung herself in a cell at the Vancouver International Airport. She died eight days later, on December 28, 2013.

As part of a coalition of grassroots immigrant, community and Latin American groups, we have been denied participant status at the inquest. With the inquest coming to a close, we would nonetheless like to take this opportunity to reiterate our vision and demands.

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Community Groups Denied Participant Status in Lucia Vega Jimenez Inquest

Posted by admin on Sep 15th, 2014


A coalition of eight immigrant, refugee and Latin American community groups have been denied participant status by the BC Coroners Service at the inquest into the tragic and shameful death of Lucia Vega Jimenez.

“This is a completely unreasonable decision by the BC Coroners Service. We informed the media about Lucia’s death, while the Canadian Border Services Agency hid the truth for one month. We gathered information, organized memorials, and pressed the government for justice. Given our active involvement every step of the way, we never imagined we would be excluded from this inquest, “ says journalist Karla Lottini.

Lucia Vega Jimenez was a 42-year Mexican hotel worker who died while under Canadian Border Service Agency’s custody in December 2013 after being turned over to immigration authorities by TransLink police. Just prior to her scheduled deportation to Mexico, she hung herself in cells at the Vancouver International Airport. She died eight days later, on December 28, 2013.

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NOII statement (English / Punjabi ): Commemorating 100 years of the Komagata Maru

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2014


Download flyer in English and Punjabi here

100 YEARS AGO the 376 passengers of Komagata Maru were refused entry into British Columbia by Canadian immigration officers. They experienced racism and hostility. Their inability to land caused hardship for the passengers, who soon lacked food and water, were denied access to medical attention, to communication with their family and to proper legal counsel.

As we commemorate this resilient journey and the determination of people, we honour their legacy including descendents who have persevered and established their lives here despite so many barriers. Now, 100 years later, the story of the Komogata Maru is being celebrated as an historical event that occurred at a time when “Our city looked very different”.

For many however, these changes are not evident.

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This International Workers’ Day: Support, don’t deport

Posted by admin on May 1st, 2014


International Workers’ Day Statement by No One Is Illegal Toronto and No One Is Illegal Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory

Last Thursday, Jason Kenney announced a moratorium on new and pending permits of migrant workers in the fast food and restaurant sector. This is a mass deportation order.

Though exact numbers are as yet unknown, there were 44,000 Labour Market Opinions in the food and accommodation sector issued in 2012. Thus, approximately that many migrants will be shut out this year. Migrants abroad with pending applications have also likely paid recruiters thousands of dollars to come to Canada. To do so, many have gone into immense debt that they will not be able to get out of. Workers already here will be unable to change jobs and apply for new LMOs in the sector, leaving them tied to potentially abusive employers.

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Fear of Migrant Workers Is Xenophobia

Posted by admin on Apr 26th, 2014

Syed Hussan, Coordinator, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change

There has been massive media attention on the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) in the last few weeks. Mainstream and social media is full of analysis and solutions. Some critics and commentators insist that the only appropriate way forward is shutting down the low-skilled temporary foreign worker program. They are wrong.

With increased workplace uncertainty, as permanent jobs disappear and the public sector shrinks, many are looking around for culprits to blame. Though migrant workers and the TFWP seems like an easy target, it isn’t.

Its important to analyze the key arguments being made about the TFWP.

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