A group in Halifax wants the Trudeau government to bring 20,000 African refugees into Canada the same way they brought Syrian refugees to Canada, the African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes contacted the government office and said:
“These people are displaced by war. I would say 90 per cent of refugees in these refugee camps are there because of war,” said Godfred Chongatera, immigration lawyer and chair of the African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes.
“There should be a deliberate effort on the part of the federal government to focus some attention on African refugees.”
Chongatera says refugee camps in Africa have been there even longer then Syrian refugee camps, some even as long as 20 years.
If the government takes the lead, it will help,” he said.
“We are not in any way against Syrian refugees or government bringing Syrian refugees. We support it and we think the government should continue to do that but we think there is a real problem in Africa.”