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Monday February: Jelele Etefa and Immigration Retention

monday february: Three-year-old Simboo runs into the arms of her mother, Jelele Etefa, as they pose for a group photo following a Canadian citizenship ceremony at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Monday February 20, 2017, according to Toronto Star. A Halifax researcher will speak about the ways Nova Scotia can increase its immigration retention at SMU on Thursday. Ather Akbari, chair of the Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity, said Nova Scotia's 75 per cent retention rate can be improved by providing greater economic opportunity. The Canadian Press The retention of immigrants depend on many factors, including what reception they get in the community, lifestyle, presence of similar communities, immigrant communities and also availability of jobs, Akbari said in an interview. Akbari will be presenting some of his findings Thursday as part of the International Conference in Intercultural Studies taking place at Saint Mary's until Saturday. So whatever focus groups I have done, I found that all these are important issues, but if people were given a choice to live either in Nova Scotia to go to another province, if they have a job offer, then they would prefer to stay in Nova Scotia. ( As reported in the news.