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Majority have secured refugee status duping Canadian Government officials

Aug 23, 2010 11:55:21 AM - itnnews.lk

A majority of Tamil refugees in Canada are said to have obtained refugee status by duping Government officials.

This was mentioned by John Braid, a Government official in Canada. He noted that although the Government was aware of the situation, it is unable to withdraw the refugee status. It has been revealed that 71 percent of Tamil refugees in Canada come to Sri Lanka to spend their holidays. This has been bared in a secret survey carried out by the Canadian Government. The survey also revealed that the refugees arrive in Sri Lanka on business or to meet with their relatives. The foreign media has pointed out that this has created issues about their refugee status.

The Vessel “MV Sun Sea” carrying nearly 500 Tamil refugees arrived in Canada recently. The UN has also pointed out that they are not genuine refugees. The UN said that conditions had vastly improved in Sri Lanka for them to live freely and therefore there is no need to offer them refugee status.