Refugees and IRB in Canada

According to Islamic teachings, God promises paradises to those who avoid lying and deception, and who have unflinching faith in His guidance and related beliefs. Canada, on the other hand, is an earthly paradise for most of those refugees who are adept at lying and deception, and for whom faith is no more than a trivial matter – a bargaining chip for status in Canada.

Living for nine months in a community of refugees, such as those coming from Pakistan, is enough time for one to reach the aforementioned conclusion and understand the dilemma faced by Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). Dealing with standards-less refugees seems to have caused IRB lose its standards as well.

If living among these people for nine months is not enough, at least, not meeting a single individual with genuine fear of persecution in Pakistan should be enough to conclude that thousands upon thousands of perspective Canadian citizens begin their lives in Canada by lying to the Canadian Government. They begin by outright lying to Canadian Immigration and then go on to lie to the IRB, the Social Welfare Department, the Revenue Departments of the respective provinces, the Canada Customs and Revenue Agencies, and all others with whom they encounter.

Various, what I consider to be naïve human rights groups, are accusing IRB for rejecting most of the asylum cases. Some have attributed the huge number of rejections to the post 9/11 climate in which Muslim cases are "systematically rejected."

The problems is that the refugee community do not reveal and the "naïve outsiders" do not know the inside reality. After putting oneself in the shoes of IRB judges, one can easily understand IRB’s dilemma. It is extremely difficult for a person to judge a single genuine case amid the mounting fake stories and forged documents. The result is some interesting stories of the IRB officials rejecting original documents from Pakistan, so to say, but accepting the one’s produced in Canada, simply because they deal with fake documents more than the original ones.

Then there are cases of story writers for the refugees. These unofficial consultants do not even make an effort to change events in a story for their different clients. Most of them rely on simply changing names in the same story and let their clients memorise the story as a character which they then regurgitate before an IRB judge.

Claiming to change ones faith to Shiite, Ahmadi or Ismaili is a common route for Sunni Muslims, who feel no hesitation at all to lie and make sworn statements on the Holy Qur’an, swearing that they have renounced their former faith.

Looking at the previous record of most of these refugees, one cannot even give the benefit of the doubt that they are economic refugees. Some have sent their wives from across the border and wait for the acceptance of their cases and subsequent license to enter the Canadian paradise. Others are well-to-do and simply look forward to having a Canadian passport for easy traveling around the world. In some cases, husband and wife come to Canada at different times to file two cases in order to increase their chances of acceptance. It would be simple for the Canadian government to do a careful study to find out, for example, how many single mothers, who seek protection in Canada from their husbands, actually ended up sponsoring the same spouses because, in fact, there was no such abuse taking place to begin with.

The way the IRB deals with refugee cases is as much astonishing as it is shameful the way in which almost all refugees try to earn status in Canada. On the one hand, IRB is accepting the obviously forged papers by most refugees, for example from Pakistan. On the other hand, it rejects hundreds of Palestinian families, who do not even need to show any papers to prove the problems they face in their country.

Some documents are so clearly forged that even a layperson can tell that there is zero possibility of three different officials, at different places, will use the same ink for their attesting an affidavit, or a Shiite Imam Bargah will issue certificates for the conversion to a sect on computer generated letter head. Acceptance of thousands of cases on forged documents and fake stories may not be an injustice, but refusal of one genuine case kills the whole purpose behind the philosophy of extending support to victims of oppression and persecution.

It is shocking that such injustices are a daily routine. One wonders why thousands get easily accepted despite their coming from a third country and giving the same or similar story as their fellow wheelchair bound 67 year old countrywomen, Bilquis Fatima, whose case has been rejected and she and her minor son are waiting in detention centre in Montreal for deportation to the US and then eventually back to Pakistan.

The reason for this is simple. She is not fortunate enough to have a judge who is willing to accept her story. It must not be surprising for many Canadians to know that there is no standard for accepting or rejecting refugee cases at all. More often than not, it has become a matter of chance. There are judges, such as John Mors, who are famous for 99 percent acceptance of the cases who come before him. There are others, such as Usman Faridi and Tony Mangla, who are notorious for the same percentage of rejections.

This can also be judged from a simple study of the cases as to why all the truth tellers end up with John Mors and all the liars end up with projectionist judges. One may also study how many applicants give medical reasons for not being able to attend hearing before a particular judge. It might be interesting to find out as to why the refugees do not get sick when there is a hearing with John Mors.

If it depends on the judge alone, as is presently the case, the question arises: Where is the standard? And if it is merely selection of who is suitable for living in Canada, one can ask: What is justice? Living in a community of liars and listening to stories of lies upon lies is as difficult to bear as the stories of IRB’s deporting suffering families such as those from Algeria and Palestine – the families who really deserve protection in Canada.

The millions of dollars that the Canadian government is spending in providing legal aide, welfare and medical assistance to thousands of refugees could be better utilised in making proper scrutiny of the so obvious fake cases, and a little deeper research into the refugees and IRB affairs.

It does not make any difference if 99 fake cases are denied a chance of living in the Canadian paradise, provided the one that really deserves protection does not lose the opportunity due to lack of clear standards.