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Nine new MPs came to Canada as refugees or from current or past war zones

By Abbas Rana      

Four MPs came to Canada as refugees and five emigrated from regions that were and are troubled zones

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef, originally from Afghanistan, is one of four current MPs who came to Canada as a refugee. The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello.

Nine newly-elected MPs in the 42nd Parliament, which is considered the most diverse crop of MPs in Parliament's history, came to Canada either as refugees or fled from war-torn countries. Out of the nine, according to research conducted by John Chenier, former editor of The Lobby Monitor and now editor of ARC Publications, four came to Canada as refugees from war zones or suffered persecution and five immigrated to Canada from current and past troubled zones such as the Middle

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