March 2013



March 2013
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First in a series on Arab immigration
Arab Immigration to Canada Hits Record High

According to data the CAI recently acquired from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, in 2010, Arab immigration to Canada reached an all-time high, with the arrival of 34,657 citizens of Arab countries[1], Arab immigrants represented 12.4% of the total immigration to Canada, second only to the Philippines (13.0%) and, for the first time, ahead of China and India (at 10.8% each), long the top two source countries of immigrants to Canada.  In 2011[2], Arab immigration dropped slightly to 12.25% of total immigration, remaining in second place behind the Philippines.

Immigration data between 1960 and 2011 shows that more than half of Arab immigrants came to Canada in the 11 years between 2000 and 2011, and more than 75% came in the 20 years between 1991 and 2011.  That this is such a new community which is steadily and rapidly growing has potentially profound policy connotations.
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[1] The 23 countries of the Arab League were included.

[2] The last full year of data available at the time of publication.

Event of Interest
Symposium: Secularism and Madaneya

The Arab Spring from an Arab Canadian Perspective
March 20th 2013, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
York University, Founders College, Room FC 305,
This symposium approaches the role of religion in Canada as an identity marker for the mainstream and as a challenge faced by multiculturalism.  It also attempts to dispassionately compare the rise of conservative discourses both in Canada and the Arab World, by studying the role played by religion in these discourses, as value system, source of legitimization, and rhetorical campaigning tool.  For more information.

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Event of Interest
Film Screening: They Were Promised the Sea

March 24, 2013, 6:30pm
TIFF Lightbox, Toronto

Filmmaker Kathy Wazana is an Arab Jew from Morocco. In this documentary she casts a light on the identity of Arab Jews and challenges the very notion of the concept of who is ‘enemy.’
Wazana set out to discover why hundreds of thousands of Jews left Morocco in the 1960s, believing their Arab homeland had become enemy territory. What she found was a country still grieving the loss of its Jewish population. Her "enemy" welcomed her home and claimed her as one of their own.
Told through Wazana’s personal lens and the journey of a second-generation Moroccan Israeli, the doc is stunningly shot in Morocco, Israel and New York. For more information and to purchase tickets.

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Here are our news since the January 2013 bulletin.

CAI Moves Into a New Office
We are pleased to announce that on April 1, 2013, the CAI will be moving into its new office at the Regent Park (central Toronto) location of the Centre for Social Innovation. CSI is an innovative shared services space that includes emerging and developing creative enterprises which the CAI seeks to both benefit from and contribute to. Mabrouk, welcome home!

CAI is Hiring!
CAI has openings for a part-time communications coordinator and a part-time event/project coordinator. See postings.

CAI Joins the Canada-Arab Business Council
The Canadian Arab Institute became a member of the Canada-Arab Business Council in March. CABC is is the "only Canadian non-profit association that focuses exclusively on the trade and economic relations between Canada and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region." By becoming a member, CAI aims to promote coordination and collaboration with institutions of intersecting concerns.

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