Rosa is part of a group of 10 students with precarious refugee status to enter York University. CBC Toronto is not showing her face and is withholding her last name because her case is still being processed.

York University is reportedly the first Canadian university to give ‘Dreamers,’ or young people without legal status in Canada, a chance at a degree, reports CBC. A pilot project, a collaboration between York and Toronto’s FCJ Refugee Centre, has allowed 10 young people of uncertain immigration status to study for a degree. “One of the most important things we can give them is access to higher education while they’re waiting to learn about their status,” explained York President Rhonda Lenton, who prioritized the pilot project in her first year as president. “Thinking about that access agenda for York, a couple of populations really emerged as important: Indigenous students and those students with precarious immigrant status.”





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