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Canada Announces Plan To Resettle Yazidi Refugees

Canada's Immigration Minister recently announced the government's plan to resettle Yazidi refugees.

Ever since U.S. President Donald Trump was inaugurated, he has wasted no time cracking down on immigration. His executive order that banned immigrants from Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. received backlash around the world. In a largely unprecedented move, many American federal judges even refused to uphold his order and challenged its constitutionality. Many have looked to Canada to see how it would respond in the face of its neighbour’s strict immigration policies. While Trump’s orders made his popularity plummet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau consistently lauded Canada’s diversity and inclusivity. Now, a new Liberal policy will turn his words into further action.

Who Are The Yazidis?

The Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen recently announced that approximately 400 survivors of ISIS have already entered Canada. The majority of these survivors are Yazidis from Iraq. These survivors have been coming into the country since the House of Commons unanimously agreed that Canada should take in Yazidi women and girls. Last year, the Conservatives made a motion to provide asylum to Yazidi women fleeing from genocide. The motion stipulated that ISIS is forcing the Yazidi women and girls to be sex slaves, and executing a genocide against their people as a whole. By the end of 2017, the Canadian government is aiming to resettle 1,200 Yazidi refugees. In addition to Yazidi women and children, these refugees will also include their male family members, and additional ISIS survivors.

While many have praised Canada for welcoming refugees fleeing terror, others do acknowledge that welcoming immigrants comes at a cost. News reports have claimed that resettling the Yazidi refugees will cost an estimated $28 million.

Next Steps

The government — and Canadians at large — must ultimately decide how many Yazidis to continue accepting in future. The international community applauded Canada for welcoming Syrian refugees with open arms, but it remains to be seen to what extent the same approach will be taken with the Yazidis. The government has already emphasized one notable difference in how it will resettle the Yazidis in comparison to previous groups. Given the volatile situation in Iraq, the government plans on acting with heightened discretion. As a result, it will minimize public photo opportunities and media coverage of Yazidis for security reasons.

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With PCLaw, Save Lawyers Time And Improve Your Firm’s Processes

What are qualities of a good lawyer? Of course, a skilled lawyer is astute, perceptive, supremely knowledgeable and thinks well on their feet. But when evaluating a lawyer’s skill set, one quality that’s often overlooked or dismissed entirely is efficiency.

Any lawyer knows that in addition to demanding clients and challenging cases, they also face mountains of paperwork. Indeed, the more cases a lawyer takes on, the more daunting their paperwork becomes. In order for lawyers to succeed, it remains crucial for them to keep all of their paperwork organized, and easy to track at all times. Effective legal management software is the key for a lawyer’s — and entire firm’s — efficiency and reputation in the long-run.

LexisNexis’s PCLaw is the trusted software of lawyers in the country. Used by over 12,000 firms, PCLaw streamlines accounting and billing, effectively forcing lawyers to make their processes more efficient. One of the software’s biggest advantages is its all-in-one nature — it lets you manage tasks you would normally organize separately. For busy lawyers who already put in long hours, the importance of a time-saving, organizational tool cannot be emphasized enough. PCLaw lets you do trust accounting, client management, billing and accounting, track billable hours, capture expenses all in one place. Moreover, with PCLaw, you can generate reports into your firm’s finances, saving valuable time typically spent on billing and accounting. All this time will let lawyers pour more hours into cases at hand, honing their skill set and ultimately bettering your firm.

Even if lawyers aren’t at the office, they often want to get updates with what’s going on at the firm. PCLaw is available remotely and can be connected through mobile devices, giving you access to your firm’s information at all times.

You also don’t need to worry about spending even more time training lawyers how to use PCLaw. PCLaw has a visually-friendly dashboard that presents important details where you need them. There’s no need to search different areas of the software for what you need. Instead, PCLaw immediately lets you access what you need all in one dashboard.

Still not sure if PCLaw is right for your firm? You can book a free demo, which gives you an in-depth tour of the online billing and accounting software.

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