Meet Ahmed Hussen, From Refugee To First Somali-Canadian Minister In Canada


In a recent cabinet reshuffle by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, African born Ahmed Hussen has been appointed the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Ahmed Hussen was once a Somalian refugee in Canada. He arrived the country at the age of 16. He left his home in Mogadishu in 1993 and sojourned alone to Canada which has a history of offering asylum to refugees.

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Hussen said:

“The story of Canada is the story of immigration, and I’m especially proud and humbled that the prime minister would task me with this important role.”

Canada accepted a total of 300,000 immigrants in 2016; and is set to accept same number for 2017.

Hussen also said:

“I am extremely proud of our country’s history as a place of asylum, a place that opens its doors and hearts to new immigrants and refugees, and I’m especially proud today to be the minister in charge of that file.”

Having lived in several places in Canada, the resilient young man completed his secondary and university education and by 2012, he had  successfully completed his bar exam.

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The lawyer and political/community activist, did not take long before his presence could be felt in Canadian politics. In 2015, he was elected as the first Somali-Canadian MP in the riding of York South-Weston, Toronto.

Hussen co-founded the Regent Park Community Council. He became a resident of Regent Park in 1996. The selfless Somalian was able to secure a $500 million revitalization project for Regent Park community of nearly 15,000 residents.

Records suggest that the new minister had started making significant steps in public service and politics by 2001. He worked at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a volunteer worker.

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Hussen currently serves as the National President of the Canadian Somali Congress (CSC). With him as the program’s founding Director, the Somali Women Scholarship Program was launched.

According to Wikipedia,

“Hussen has over the years received honors and recognition for his public work. In January 2004, the Toronto Star named him among the 10 individuals who have made significant contributions to Toronto in various fields, including community service, business, sports and science.”