Some refugee advocates are demanding independent oversight after revelations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered earlier this year with the processing of Syrian refugees.
Faisal Alazem, spokesman for the Syrian Canadian Council, says the Canadian government seems to want to choose certain kinds of refugees — the ones who are not Muslim.
“That bomb, when it’s falling on a house, it’s not distinguishing between religions,” Alazem tells Yahoo Canada News.
“You treat people based on their needs and their vulnerability. You don’t treat them based on what you prefer ideologically.”
The Globe and Mail reports that the PMO directed Canadian immigration officials to stop processing one of the most vulnerable classes of refugees for an undisclosed period of time last spring. The newspaper says the office also directed that all UN-referred refugees would require approval from Prime Minister Stephen Harper while an audit was conducted into all Syrian refugees referred by the UnitedRead More »from PMO’s interference in Syrian refugee process a problem: advocates