The long, long wait to immigrate

Nest Saskatoon currently is sponsoring 12 families to the city, but it could be years before some of them arrive.

Most refugee families wait between one to six years for their sponsorship application to be processed by the Canadian government.

Two of Nest’s sponsorships involve Eritrean families currently in Khartoum, Sudan where the wait time is 60 months. Another one of Nest’s Eritrean families is in Uganda where the wait time is 61 months, down from 72 months a year ago.

img-20161023-wa001In addition to these three families, Nest is waiting to welcome a family of four from Pakistan who face a four year wait and on-going persecution in Thailand and a Sudanese family of four in Cairo who have a 55 month wait.

Nest also is sponsoring a Pakistani family of five and an Iraqi family of five ( including Wassan and Leen pictured right) who are in Malaysia where the wait time is 44 months, up from 17 months just two months ago.

Nest also is sponsoring two more Syrian families in Lebanon, one Syrian family in Egypt and an Iraqi family in the United Arab Emirates.

Since our formation in 1997, Nest has sponsored refugee families from war-torn Sudan, Afghanistan, Burundi, Eritrea, Liberia, Iraq, Syria and Colombia (including the family of Nibia and Lina on left).


One thought on “The long, long wait to immigrate

  1. @ Nest is looking forward to greeting our family of four from Pakistan (who face a three year wait and on-going persecution in Thailand)

    Thailand has allowed the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, to step in and investigate the credibility of those claiming to flee persecution – a process with two possible outcomes, either repatriation or relocation to another country. But many of these families have been waiting years to be assessed by the UN and they have no access to work, education or healthcare.

    The government in Thailand is growing weary of the huge numbers of refugees and there is an ongoing police crackdown. Raids are carried out at dawn or very late at night, doors kicked in, leaving Refugees terrified to venture outside for any reason. Fearful of further raids, they ask their friends to padlock them into their small cramped living spaces from the outside to give the appearance that the place is unoccupied. A very dangerous choice in these slum-like buildings where the risk of fire is high, but one they feel compelled to make.

    For me, Refugees are facing worst situation in Thailand. My best wishes to all your team.



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