Posted by Roxane Léouzon Metro Press on Monday, May 4, 2015 Under: Migration
If they have not made an application to regularize their status by June 1, 3.500 Haitians and Zimbabweans in Canada face expulsion. But the bodies mandated to assist are overwhelmed and feel it will be impossible to complete all applications on time.
"In the best case, we can successfully fill 1,000 applications. It is off the mark, "said Marjorie Villefranche, Executive Director of the Maison d'Haiti, one of the five Quebec by Quebec agencies to help those affected, most rejected asylum seekers.
The federal government ended on 1 December, the moratorium on removals to Haiti and Zimbabwe, which were in force since 2004 and 2002 respectively due to the unstable situation in these countries. A period of six months was granted to the persons concerned to complete an ultimate application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds.
Since then, Haiti House sent a fifteen cases and is always trying to deal with a hundred. It's little. However, the body goes into overdrive, even offering the service on Saturday.
The problem is that these applications require each over 20 hours. "They have to write a detailed rationale and supported by various documents to show that life is here and they can not return to Haiti, explained Ms. Villefranche. Some organizations do take longer appointment until the end of the month. "
The Table of organizations serving refugees and immigrants, which includes the House of Haiti, therefore requests an extension of time of at least three months. "It's hard to accept that people can be returned to Haiti for a matter of time. These are people living here for years, working here, whose children go to school, "Ms. Villefranche was concerned.
"There's panic in the community, said Serge Bouchereau, a member of the Action Committee of people without status who yesterday organized a show solidarity with those affected. These people live life stress, they are afraid. It also hit their children. "
The committee calls for in its part that all Haitians and Zimbabweans living in Canada could remain in the country. Mr Bouchereau considers it dangerous for these families to return to Haiti, "a country with a lot of insecurity, political prisoners and poverty." For its part, CIC argues that "the civilian population of Haiti and Zimbabwe no longer faces a generalized risk."
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