Nicholas Keung, TorontoStar

Nicholas Keung


Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Nicholas:

Why one refugee has spent six months waiting for Canada to OK his trip to see his wife and children

With the global pandemic under control and the easing of public health and travel restrictions, critics say Ottawa needs to resume regular travel document services for refugees stuck in Canada. → Read More

Canada is leaving some would-be immigrants waiting just to hear whether their application has been received

With immigration backlogs skyrocketing and older applications piling up and warehoused, stuck applicants wonder why latecomers get to jump the queue and get processed first. Their frustration has reached a boiling point. → Read More

Canadian refugee judge had ‘predisposition against Roma claimants,’ tribunal finds as it grants couple’s bid for asylum

Review cites judge’s ‘sarcastic’ tone, ‘boilerplate’ reasons across several decisions → Read More

Canada unveils measures to help international students become permanent residents

The immigration department will resume its federal economic immigration programs in July and extend international students’ expiring work permits while they are waiting for their permanent residence application to be processed. → Read More

‘My dream is that I can live freely’: This refugee is among the LGBTQ+ Afghans who are waiting on Canada

More than 50 LGBTQ+ Afghan refugees have requested resettlement in Canada through the private sponsorship program. So far, one sponsor group has stepped up to the plate. → Read More

Ontario extends OHIP coverage to Ukrainians taking refuge here from Russian invasion

Ontario measure follows similar steps in Saskatchewan and Quebec → Read More

Newcomers on expiring work permits are in limbo, awaiting a reprieve or a new plan from Ottawa

The clocking is ticking for some international students, whose non-renewable work permits are expiring while draws for federal economic immigration programs are suspended. → Read More

Canada’s ban on Chelsea Manning upheld by Immigration and Refugee Board

Manning’s claim to whistleblower status rejected by adjudicator, pointing to broad nature of U.S. files sent to WikiLeaks. → Read More

UN Refugee Agency boss praises Canada’s response to Ukraine crisis

In a one-on-one interview, visiting UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi shares his outlook of the Afghan and Ukrainian refugee crises, as well as Canada’s response. → Read More

This nine-year-old Afghan boy is stuck waiting for Canada to let his parents come join him in Toronto

Canada has blamed the slow resettlement of Afghans on the logistical challenges in getting them out of Afghanistan safely, but critics wonder why applicants awaiting resettlement from outside Afghanistan are also stalled and ghosted. → Read More

Canada’s international students quickly learn, ‘You have to break in. You have to hustle.’ Now, a new platform is helping them

How these (former) international students landed multiple internships and are now helping others to do the same → Read More

Around the world — to study in a basement: How a pandemic derailed Canada’s international students

For international students the pandemic has taken a toll not only on their schooling, but on their prospects of finding jobs they need to qualify to stay in Canada permanently. → Read More

Here’s what Canada’s international students wish they’d known before they got here

There’s a lot to learn, beyond schoolwork, when trying to convert studying in Canada into a career here. → Read More

Working long hours. Earning meagre wages. Fainting from exhaustion. What some international students face in Canada

‘This is a cash grab, where people are called to show up with the promise of permanent residency’ → Read More

‘Employers make you work like a slave’ — this international student who fought for wages urges others to raise their voice

Rohit Uppal’s employer was recorded offering to pay his wages — if Uppal agreed to share 30 per cent of the repair costs to the company vehicle. → Read More

This Ukrainian grandmother fled the war for safety in Canada, but to get health care, she felt she had to go back

Ukrainians taking temporary refuge in this country don’t have automatic access to public health care. → Read More

She’s trilingual, has a PhD and work experience. But getting a job in Canada was an ordeal. What’s wrong with this picture?

Many immigrant women are downplaying their credentials, truncating their names, altering accents or changing their appearance to try to ‘fit’ perceived cultural expectations of employers, a new study says → Read More

Why this week’s meeting with Pope Francis is the next step in Chief Willie Littlechild’s ‘healing journey’

Residential-school survivors and others see their historic meeting as the culmination to date of a long and deeply personal struggle. → Read More

This Canadian cleric has been a ‘bridge’ between the Vatican and Indigenous people. And he, too, wants to hear an apology from Pope Francis

Archibishop Donald Bolen has walked for years with the Indigenous communities toward healing and reconciliation with the church. He will join them in a delegation to Rome to share their stories of colonization and suffering with Pope Frances. → Read More

Here’s how the Indigenous delegation’s visit with Pope Francis will unfold

There are some 170 participants — Indigenous elders, knowledge keepers, residential school survivors and youth, along with staff, families and supporters → Read More