Bench Positive for Iraqi Refugee
A woman from Iraq, fleeing gender-based and religious persecution, was accepted as a refugee at the conclusion of her refugee hearing. Our office worked closely with the claimant to gather documentation and prepare her to testify. The Member accepted that the claimant was credible and that state protection would not exist for her in Iraq. The Member also accepted that the claimant’s decision not to claim refugee protection in two countries prior to her arrival in Canada did not undermine her fear of persecution.
She will be applying for permanent residence in 2013, establishing a permanent home for herself in Canada.