Canadian sponsors want government to speed up processing applications for Sudanese refugees
Sponsors want government to speed up processing applications
By Amanda Pfeffer, CBC News Posted: Jan 18, 2016 8:56 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 19, 2016 12:10 PM ET
Sudanese refugees waiting to come to Canada from Jordan are in imminent danger, according to their Canadian sponsors, who are hoping immigration officials process their cases at the same pace as Syrian refugee cases.
A spokesperson from the office of the minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said the ministry is trying to come up with options to assist those who may be in danger.
Jordan began deporting Sudanese back to their home country in December, despite concerns by the United Nations and other human rights groups.
Sponsors fear at least one young man invited to come to Canada on a scholarship was deported in mid-December, while other Sudanese refugees in Jordan are being told to lie low.
The refugee sponsorship applications of a dozen Sudanese in Jordan have been accepted to come to Canada but now await the final processing stage, according to the Archdiocese of Toronto, which helps private groups sponsor refugees.
The Archdiocese is working with groups to sponsor nine Sudanese refugees, including a family of five and four individuals.
‘Very dangerous to go out’
Two men being sponsored told CBC News that they have been afraid to leave their homes in Jordan out of fear of being swept up by police and deported back to Sudan. CBC News has protected their identities for their safety.
“All the people from my house — they’ve been deported,” a young Sudanese man being sponsored through the Archdiocese of Toronto told CBC News in a Skype conversation.