Why 1959 Is An Important Year For Refugee Status


Ellen Fairclough made the years 1959-1960 very special for Canada, and for many desperate refugees.

  1. She opened up Canada’s gates to a total of 6,912 refugees that year.
  2. 325 tubercular refugees and 501 people that were related to them were allowed to migrate into Canada.
  3. 1959 was eventually named World Refugee Year due to the vast amount of people that were helped and given a new home.
  4. Most of the refugees who arrived in Canada during this year came from European countries; Poland, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia.

One of her biggest accomplishments was virtually abolishing the “White Canada” immigration policy in such a short time.

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Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • UMO mildred Ene-Obong

    I desire to renew my PR card at the end of this year but am afraid that i will not meet up with the length of stay in Canada. I hope to pull through on humanitarian basis. Do you handle such cases?.
    1st June, 2015

    • Mira Freiwat

      Hello Umo,

      Thank you for your post. We have handled hundreds of these cases and were able to get a positive outcome on them. If you have not met the residency obligation, please do contact our office so that we can advise you on the best course of action to take in order to keep your PR card. MF

  • UMO mildred Ene-Obong

    I desire to renew my PR card at the end of this year but am afraid that i will not meet up with the length of stay in Canada. I hope to pull through on humanitarian basis. Do you handle such cases?.

  • jules

    Good morning sr. My name is jules mataka, im married with one kid im from congo dr current place im living as refugiee here in south africa, im french anglish speaking i do have some qualification special in construction also in informatic (computer). My question just to know if there is any association or any sponsor exist to help refugie. My problem is: i want to move to canada but i do not have any money i do know there is more agency for the visa here in south africa but problem is i do not have money to apply so maybe you can connect me to any sponsor association to get some help by God’s grace. May almighty God bless you

    • Hello Jules

      Since you speak French you may have a chance to qualify for immigration to Quebec. We would have to do an assessment for you to see.
      If you do not have money then that could be an issue because the Canadian government charges application fees for immigration. If you come to Canada and seek refugee status, then there are no government fees. The challenge is for you to come to Canada in the first place.

      Michael Niren

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