Iraqi refugees face uncertainty, sponsors claim
Canada's tougher stance is hard to justify, say aid groups backing private sponsorships
Jul 10, 2007 04:30 AM
Aziz Sepan fled his homeland at the height of the Iraq-Iran war in 1985 and arrived in Canada four years later as a government-sponsored refugee.
Working closely with World Vision, the Iraqi man has since brought in 100-plus countrymen through Canada's private sponsorship program that resettles refugees who have local community support.
However, as the number of Iraqi asylum seekers surges – 2 million in the Middle East and as many others displaced internally – amid the escalating violence in post-invasion Iraq, aid groups are alarmed by Canada's growing refusals of refugee applications.
Canadian-based aid organizations (a total of 87 have sponsorship agreements with Ottawa) said the approval rate for Iraqi applications has dropped from 60 per cent to 30 per cent over the last four years. As of last year, 2,200 cases were sitting at Canada's Damascus visa station; processing time has doubled from 17 to 35 months.
Sepan, who owns three convenience stores, a flower shop and a trading company in Greater Toronto, was disheartened last August when his godfather's application was denied. "It just doesn't make sense," said the 43-year-old Vaughan resident. "Private sponsorships don't cost the government a penny. None of the people I helped sponsor here has taken a penny of social assistance."
While those who made it to Canada to file a refugee application have a 93 per cent success rate, only 147 Iraqi asylum seekers managed to achieve that in 2006.
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Private sponsorships and refugees vetted abroad by government agencies have one thing in common: immigration lawyers don’t get paid because the refugee’s status has already been determined. However, if they land at any one of Canada’s airports or sea ports or just show up on our soil like some bogus refugee status seeking Sikhs did in 1986 or the Chinese off of B.C. a few years back then that’s where the lawyers come in. These later types of wannabe Canadian citizens are the most preferential types of refugees because, of course, lawyers get paid.
The legal profession helped ruin our immigration system for their benefit. We accept more immigrants than this country can handle and our refugee system is just asking to be abused because of immigration lawyers.
The article notes that acceptance rates for privately sponsored Iraqi refugees are decreasing yet ones that land on Canadian soil have a 93% acceptance rate. Why the discrepancy? It might be that many Iraqi refugees are not legitimate refugees. If the conditions in Iraq now are enough for a successful Iraqi refugee claim then technically tens of millions of Iraqi’s can claim refugee status and enter Canada. But we all know that we cannot accept them all though legally they have the right to make a refugee claim in Canada thanks to the nefarious Singh decision of 1985. All they have to do is land at one of our airports and say “refugee.” They can then drag out their claim for years at taxpayer expense. They will have the assistance of a lawyer, at taxpayer expense, and have their case heard in a quasi-judicial system, at taxpayer expense, overseen by politically appointed “judges” who need no law degree, or a University degree, nor any previous legal training or experience either. They are usually patronage appointments; plum jobs for friends and rewards for loyal service. They are typically ignorant of the countries that many refugees come from and this works to the benefit of the refugee fraud and his or her lawyer. On the other hand government agencies operating abroad are better equipped at determining refugees because they are working in the conditions many of these refugees come from.
This may explain the discrepancy. Ignorant judges vs. knowledgeable government agents. It is possible that many Iraqi refugees are not legitimate refugees. So what if a privately sponsored refugee doesn’t cost the taxpayers any money. A fake is a fake.