A Conversation With Canada’s Refugees Minister

WHEN AHMED HUSSEN first arrived in Canada as a teenager, he remembers feeling very cold and very lonely. His family had fled Somalia when the government collapsed amid civil war in 1991. Hussen’s parents stayed behind as refugees in Kenya but sent their sons to Canada.

After high school, Hussen saved money by working at a gas station and waited for his residency status to be eligible for student loans. He eventually trained as a lawyer and opened a private practice, taking on immigration and criminal cases.

When Hussen decided to enter politics, he became the first Somali-Canadian in parliament in 2015. Two years later, he was the first refugee to be appointed Canada’s Minister of Refugees, Immigration and Citizenship.

Read the full article here from Refugees Deeply – article by Charlotte Alfred, 6 April 2018