Ottawa criticized for charging refugees for flights
- December 27, 2007 3:50 PM
- By Enza Uda
Newcomers find it difficult to pay government back, says immigrant services group
Non-profit agencies that help refugees sponsored by Canada are calling on Ottawa to stop billing those newcomers for their flights here.
For several decades, the Immigration Department has sponsored select refugees to come to Canada. Then, Ottawa sends them a bill for their airfare.
"It's clearly difficult for them to pay because they don't have an income when they get here," said Jim Siemens, a spokesman for the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia
Submit Your Story
CBC's Go Public team includes Kathy Tomlinson and Enza Uda.
There are two ways to reach us with your story.
You can email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, contact information and details of the story you would like us to look into - or - you can use the story submission form below.
Your identity will be kept confidential, unless we do a story and you agree to participate.