Immigration

Immigration is one of the central themes in Canadian history. While many came to Canada to pursue economic opportunity, others arrived because of an urgent need to flee persecution. Hear the diverse stories of the many who have come to Canada in search of a new home.

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 28 Titles

Included in this collection

The Current Ahmed Hussen: From Somali Refugee to Canada's Immigration Minister

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen fled on his own to Canada as a teenage refugee to escape civil war in his native country. The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti sits down with him to discuss his experiences as a refugee, immigration, Canada's relationship with the U.S. and other issues.
  • 2017
  • 00:24:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/04/2017

Becoming Canadian Becoming Canadian, Episode 1

Rachel was assigned male at birth, but always knew she was a woman. Ellaha came from an educated family in Afghanistan, but was told by the Taliban that girls could no longer attend school. Kerstin grew up trapped inside East Berlin until the Berlin Wall came down. Syed’s mother was six months pregnant with him when an accident killed his ...
  • 2017
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/09/2017

Becoming Canadian Becoming Canadian, Episode 2

Mohamad left war-torn Lebanon to become a medical doctor in Canada. Mo has a career she never would have imagined possible back in China. After leaving Trinidad, Jerome rediscovered his love of soccer in his new home country. After hearing about the "politeness" of Canada, Annabelle and Aidan decided to raise their children here.
  • 2017
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/09/2017

Becoming Canadian Becoming Canadian, Episode 3

With tribal warfare raging in Ethiopia, Jemal fled to the world's largest refugee camp, leaving his pregnant wife behind. Janice came to Canada and found a job and the love of her life at a Tim Hortons. Abimbola realized his dream of bodybuilding in Canada, something he would never have done back in Nigeria. Rita was happy to choose Canadian ...
  • 2017
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/09/2017

Becoming Canadian Becoming Canadian, Episode 4

Hsa’s family was given a simple choice by his homeland’s oppressive government: flee or die. From a region known for rugby, Rhys moved to Canada for his love of hockey. Juliette wants to break the cycle of systemic racism and teach her kids to appreciate the diversity of Canada. Esther went from a Mexican living a secret life in the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/09/2017

Becoming Canadian Becoming Canadian, Episode 5

Gannon came to Canada for love. Tony brought his experience to a small prairie town and reopened the local Legion to support veterans like himself who suffer from PTSD. Kallie lost everything when she arrived in Canada, but she built a successful and fulfilling business with hard work. Following a chance encounter on a cruise ship, Romulo moved to Canada ...
  • 2017
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/09/2017

Becoming Canadian Becoming Canadian, Episode 6

With three young daughters and financial struggles, John and Claudia took the biggest risks of their lives – moving to Canada to start a business without knowing how to speak English. An 88-year old is proud of all her accomplishments, including her four-person marriage, and now adds her long-awaited, hard-earned Canadian citizenship to the list. Sharmila was expecting to become ...
  • 2017
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/09/2017

The National Carol Off's journey to save a source New

Carol Off, host of As It Happens and former CBC Television reporter, could never have guessed that she would spend years trying to help an Afghan man and his family escape danger after he gave her an important interview on a notorious warlord in Afghanistan. "My rules are that you don't get involved, you don't look back. But this time it's different. ...
  • 2017
  • 00:12:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/29/2017