The four illegal immigrants found at the port of Montreal have been saved from certain death in their country

News 20 July, 2017
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    Frederique Giguere

    Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:30

    Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:30

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    The illegal migrants found in a container at the port of Montreal are likely to have fled conditions that threatened their existence in their countries of origin to impose such carriage, believe observers.

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    Extreme medium

    “This is really extreme as the medium, writes the immigration lawyer Stephane Handfield, who reports having seen similar cases in his career. It demonstrates an intention to leave their country at all costs. They took a big risk. It had to be painful enough as shipping. “

    The expert deplores the fact that people who have good intentions and who want to enter Canada legally to save their skin should use this kind of way.

    “As long as we are going to put barriers also hard for people who flee from persecution and who are simply trying to survive, we are going to push these people to use dangerous means, such as containers, to enter Canada. “

    Popular in Europe

    According to Lida Aghasi, general director of the Centre for social aid to migrants, travel is a very popular way in Europe to move from one country to another. However, spend nearly three weeks is a whole other story.

    “It is inhuman, she said. It is certain that they were between life and death in their countries. Otherwise, why someone would do that ? We have a humanitarian role to play and he absolutely must find a solution, because they could have died in there. “

    Certain death

    For Micheline Nalette, head of communications at the Household, you need to want to save themselves from certain death to choose such an outcome. “It was probably terrible that they lived in their country and they probably had no other choice “, believes the spokesperson of the organization, which welcomes 10,000 new arrivals each year.