domingo, 14 de outubro de 2012

Failed refugee claimants find sanctuary in Toronto churches

Four Toronto churches have agreed to hide asylum-seekers whose refugee claims have been rejected and others say they are considering the request, the Star has learned.
Members of the Southern Ontario Sanctuary Coalition have met with 13 churches over the past few months, as well as with representatives from Mennonite communities in Kitchener and Toronto. The group also plans to meet with local rabbis and their congregations. The coalition’s 60 members represent congregations who organized in the early 1990s after a number of Eritreans were thought to have been wrongfully deported.
Sanctuary— when a church offers someone a measure of symbolic protection from authorities — is a medieval and historic concept that is rarely offered today. It is a last resort and needs tremendous community support to succeed.

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