Canada urged to open up more to African students

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Canada has been singled out for months for its massive refusal of French-speaking students from the continent African.

Justin Trudeau with the Secretary General of La Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo, in Djerba, Tunisia.

An African delegate to the Francophonie Summit calls on Canada to be more open to immigration from his continent. In Tunisia, this delicate issue has dogged the Trudeau government as it attempts to strengthen its ties with African countries.

On the exhibition site called the Village de la Francophonie in Djerba, there is always activity in front of the kiosks of Quebec and Canada. Many people inquire about immigration procedures in the hope of getting their pass to Canada.

I have a son who has had his baccalaureate. I wanted to know if there is a possibility for him to complete his studies in Canada, explains a lady in front of the counter. I'm looking for how to do it and who to contact, she adds.

However, the process is not as easy as it seems. Canada is being harshly criticized for its massive denial of study permits for African nationals. Immigration Canada criticizes them, most of the time, for intending to stay in Canada at the end of their training.

Canada's booth is well attended at the Sommet de la Francophonie in Djerba, Tunisia.

Before the Francophonie Summit, this affair even attracted the attention of the international press. The newspaper Le Monde headlined last November 8: The Canadian dream, a mirage for many students in French-speaking Africa.

The procedures can seem quite difficult, quite complex, underlines Maguèye Toure, director of the Francophonie of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Senegal, at the microphone of Radio-Canada.

He asks the rich countries like Canada to ease entry procedures especially for students, artists and entrepreneurs.

“The movement of people can take place in all directions between the countries of the north and the countries of the south, and vice versa. It is important that we reflect. »

— Magueye Toure, Director of La Francophonie at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Senegal

The Senegalese representative finds it hard to understand these barriers to entering Canada, in the context of a labor shortage #x27;work. I know Canada has a need because there are jobs that need to be filled, he points out.

In a world in circulation, Mr. Toure emphasizes that young people particularly need contact in person, and not just virtual, to carry out their various projects.

Called to react during of a press scrum at the Sommet de la Francophonie, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, preferred to pass the buck to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, who was also present.

In a vague response, Marie-France Lalonde admits that there are still challenges. We are working very, very hard to improve the processes and the exchanges between these applicants and our agents, she underlines.

Mélanie Joly at the Francophonie Summit, Tunisia. She is accompanied by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Marie-France Lalonde.

Recently, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser promised to review the selection process for international students so that they are assessed on criteria more related to their potential and value.

In a document published online in September, Immigration Canada acknowledged that there was racism in its own organization and promised to conduct an internal study on the issue.

During his two-day stint at the Sommet de la Francophonie, Justin Trudeau had no official bilateral meeting scheduled with a leader of an African country in his initial program, even though there are many of them at the meeting.

Finally, a meeting was added to the schedule on Sunday with the President of Niger.

The Prime Minister also took the time to x27;seat for official tete-a-tetes with the premiers of Quebec and Armenia, and with the Swiss president.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Swiss President Ignazio Cassis.

Questioned on this subject, Mélanie Joly rejects the idea that her government has granted little time to African countries. Apart from official bilateral meetings, the minister assures that she and the prime minister have had many conversations with countries such as Benin, Gabon and Senegal, for example. I am doing my job, which is to establish links with these countries, she underlined.

Currently, we know that China and Russia are trying to exert their influence here. It is important for Canada to be present in Tunisia and also across the African continent, she explained.

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