Saudi teen feared for life while waiting on Australia refugee ruling

Saudi teen feared for life while waiting on Australia refugee ruling

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/saudi-teen-feared-for-life-while-waiting-on-australia-refugee-ruling

Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun is on her way to Canada.

S is on her way to Canada.
AAP

The 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life has been granted asylum in Canada.

Questions are emerging about why Australia seemingly dragged its feet in assessing Saudi teen Rahaf al-Qunun’s asylum claim, while Canada granted her asylum in just a day.

Ms al-Qunun left Bangkok on board a Korean Air flight bound for Toronto at 11.37pm Bangkok local time, according to Thai officials, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered her asylum overnight.

The 18-year-old fled her family, saying she feared for her life. Her case made international headlines after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel to ensure she would not be returned to her homeland.

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