Manitoba refugee program about to run out of money

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A program that helps refugee claimants in Manitoba wade through the legal paperwork required to come to and stay in Canada could be in jeopardy as of Wednesday.

Funding for the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council’s paralegal program originally came from the provincial nominee program, but that funding ended in 2012 when the federal government took over and stopped funding programs for refugee claimants and privately-sponsored refugee claimants. The province did not continue funding that particular service.

Rita Chahal, executive director of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC), said the paralegal program helps refugee claimants, many of whom do not speak English, make their claim.

“Not all refugee claimants are bogus,” Chahal said.

“I think you have to think about this from a humanitarian perspective. In the pipeline for Manitoba Interfaith, there are approximately 3,000 … privately sponsored applications that have been in the system since back in 2006 and have not been reviewed. That translates to about 6,000 individuals who need to be reunited with their loved ones in Manitoba,” Chahal said.

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