Welcome Place - Emerson Refugees

$24,403 of $300,000 goal

Raised by 283 people in 17 months

Welcome Place (Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council) seeking help for Emerson Refugees Claimants


Welcome Place (Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.) has been welcoming refugees from around the world for over 70 years. One aspect of our work is to assist refugee claimants - people who cross the border without documentation and are seeking asylum.

Manitoba has recently seen an increase in the arrivals of people undertaking dangerous and long journeys to find peace and safety. This fund is intended to provide direct aid to those arriving in Emerson, Manitoba. It will be used to provide basic necessities upon arrival: food, shelter, warm clothes, etc. 

Refugee claimants must submit a detailed refugee claim. Filing such a claim requires support from knowledgeable individuals who know the numerous steps of the process and can ensure that each person receives expertise during a daunting legal process. At Welcome Place we make an effort to extend a warm welcome to refugees and ensure all basic needs are met including housing, health and food needs.

Make your donation now so that refugee claimants can receive a warm welcome and support services.

Note: We help refugee claimants understand their rights to which they are entitled; and assist them in the preparation of their claim. We do not guarantee the final outcome of the hearing process.

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“Our prayers have been answered,”

Razak Iyal, a refugee who lost all his fingers to frostbite after walking into Canada on Christmas Eve, has won his bid to stay in Canada.
Iyal and his friend, Seidu Mohammed, walked through snowy farmers’ fields to get to Manitoba, fearing deportation in the United States, where they had been living.

“I’m happy because if I go back to Ghana, I might lose all my life. But here I am, I just lost my fingers, but I’m still part of the society. I can do a lot of things that the people who have the fingers can do,” Iyal said.

Both men are from Ghana and say they feared for their lives if they were sent back home.

Mohammed, an outed bisexual man, found out in May he had been granted refugee protection and would be allowed to stay in Canada but a verdict in Iyal’s refugee case, originally scheduled for March, was put off until Tuesday.

Iyal, 35, told CBC the delay had him worried about his future.

Mohammed was ecstatic to learn Tuesday that his friend would get to stay in Canada.

“Our prayers have been answered,” he said.
“Our prayers have been answered” - Razak
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Woman believed to be attempting to enter Canada died of 'possible hypothermia.


We all at Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council - Welcome Place are deeply saddened by the news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family .
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Frostbitten asylum seeker wins case to stay in Canada

A Ghanaian asylum seeker who lost his fingers to frostbite while crossing into Manitoba from the U.S. on Christmas Eve has won his case to stay.

Seidu Mohammed, 24, told CBC News he was thrilled when he learned Wednesday night that the Immigration and Refugee Board accepted his claim.

"Good news, I won my case, and I have been accepted to stay in Canada — am so excited," he wrote in a message.

His immigration lawyer, Bashir Khan, said Mohammed cried with joy at the news.

"Oh, he was in tears, he was in tears, he really was. He is overjoyed, ecstatic. I mean it's a life-altering moment for this young man."

Mohammed still has an uphill battle, recovering from losing all his fingers, but he is determined to make a life in Winnipeg, Khan said.

"He's a real Canadian at heart. He is inspired by and attracted by Canadian values, that everyone has a contribution to make in society.

"I expect good things from him."

Image Courtesy CBC News
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Winnipeg, MB: The eyes of the world are on Manitoba and its response to those seeking Asylum in Canada. As a result of this, Welcome Place, who helps assist refugee claimants in their journey, has felt significant pressure on its limited resources and has embarked on an international fundraising Campaign to help meet increased funding demands with an ambitious, but necessary goal of $300,000.

Welcome Place’s openyourhearts.ca fundraising campaign has reached all corners of the Globe with donations received from as far as way as Australia. From the United States alone, donations have been received from over 30 States, and, in Canada, Welcome Place has received donations from 10 provinces and 2 territories.

Since the Campaign launch on March 4, the Campaign has averaged over $2,500 in daily donations and the campaign has collected over $42,000 in grassroots support. “Our digital campaign has been a success and has reached all corners of the globe, but we still have a long way to go,” Campaign Chair Colin Dorrian stated.

“We have also received media calls from international media outlets such as NBC, CNN, ABC and BBC,” Colin stated. “Our reach has been global and we are extremely proud of this.”

For over 70 Years, Welcome Place has provided settlement services for new Canadians. Since the beginning of 2017, Welcome Place has provided assistance to over 220 refugee claimants from over 24 countries making their way across the frozen fields near Emerson, Manitoba. If the numbers stay the same, Welcome Place will see in excess of 1000 refugee claimants needing assistance in the next year as compared to 200 for all of 2016.

In addition to donations, Welcome Place is seeking social media support from the public. “Open up your hearts and like us on Facebook, share our pictures and stories, tweet and retweet, and join us in our journey,” said Colin.

To coordinate an interview with Welcome Place contact Bruce Waite at brucew@miic.ca.

Bruce Waite

Board Member – Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council

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Raised by 283 people in 17 months
Created February 13, 2017
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12 months ago
Heather Kindness
13 months ago

Thank you for all the support and love your agency is showing these refugees. I will help as I am able. I truly hope these people will be welcomed and allowed to contribute fully in life in Canada. Bless all of you.

13 months ago
Jennifer W
14 months ago

Congratulations Seidu! So happy to read the news. Our hearts are with you always. Thanks to Emerson, too. You make me proud to be human.

Kay Clark
14 months ago

Again, thank you, and you can send the receipts after more donations and not every time, since I will continue to donate.

Karen Johnson
15 months ago

I'm a US citizen and live in South Dakota. I regret that my own country will not do the same for refugees who only want a safe home for their families. I am so ashamed of my country's behavior. Thank you for all you are doing to help these refugees. I will continue to help as I am able.

Bonnie Salsman
15 months ago

Happy to be able to support this important work! Thank you Rita and Welcome Place.

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