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April 24, 2004

Bogus refugee claims

I posted the following comment to a post at the Shotgun. I think it is worth repeating here (as is a link to the original Globe and Mail article that started the discussion). Each concerns the possibility of people claiming refugee status in Canada claming to risk persecution for their sexual orienation.

I notice the Globe and Mail article gives two grounds for the "bogus" quality of some claims. First, the claimant may not actually be gay. Second, the claimant may come from a country where gay people are not persecuted. I hope we could agree these cases coult accurately be described as bogus.

I would further hope we could agree there are many countries - the article cites countries where homosexuality is outlawed - from which a legitimate refugee claim could be made.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 24, 2004 10:48 AM

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