More passionate pleas for change to Canada’s refugee application process — this time, to make it easier for children to be reunited with family.
At a news conference at Vancouver City Hall on Monday, several refugees stood up and shared one heart-breaking story after another.
One woman says she left her one-month-old baby behind in Yemen because her refugee application was only for herself and her three older kids.
Chris Friesen with the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance says it’s a choice no one should have to make.
“Do you pass up the opportunity to re-settle to Canada, not knowing if you’ll ever get the opportunity again, or do you leave to Canada with the hope your husband and new child will join you soon after?”
The problem is, the woman left behind her child six years ago.
Another woman, with an autistic child, showed video of her son wailing. He doesn’t understand why his father is still in Iraq.
BC’s Representative for Children and Youth says children have a right to be reunited with their families, and Canada’s slow process is inexcusable.