A Sri Lankan family have been affected by a Canadian immigration law after spending five years in Canada as they got deported on Sunday, despite appeals to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to issue a reprieve.
The Sri Lankan family left amid sombre mood after their flight took off from Montreal’s Trudeau airport Sunday evening.
Responding to the Canadian government’s decision requesting that they leave the country, the father of the family,Lawrence said they were all very sad, but still, love Canada despite their deportation.
“What can you do? We have to all obey the rules and regulations,” Lawrence told CBC News.
“We enjoyed the last five years of our lives in Canada. Good lives.”
According to Canadian news website CBC, it was gathered that;
The family had tendered an application for their permanent residency in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. But after review, their application was rejected.
He worked for the United Nations in Sri Lanka’s Eastern province during the civil war which ended in the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers by the Sri Lankan majority Sinhalese government.
In 2012, he left his country in hopes of protecting his family from any backlash for the work he did during that time.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada would not comment on the family’s case but only noted that, “a decision to remove someone from Canada is not taken lightly.”
“Canada is committed to ensuring that people being removed from Canada are not sent to a country where they would be in danger or at risk of persecution,” spokesperson Scott Bardsley said.