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CBC NEWS – August 24, 2004

Refugee claimants from Latin American countries are getting ready to go before Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board.

There are about 50 refugee claimants from those nations living in the Yukon. And an immigration lawyer says claimants originally from Colombia may stand a better chance of being accepted.

Max Berger says that the political problems in Colombia are well documented – and that weighs in favour of refugees from the South American country. Claimants from stable countries like Costa Rica have a much lower acceptance rate.

Berger recommends claimants appearing before the Immigration and Refugee board have legal representation.


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