Yeah if im the only one who’s noticed that within 6 months a club is filled with Namibians then ya’ll are fools. Apparently the Canadian government has noticed more than 400 Namibians have entered their country and are now suspecting a African Alien smuggling ring”,OOH LOLO its about to go down forreal..As for you Nigerian paigons who were inquaring about the Namibian passport I think you should think twice before we see you guys on CP24.
Attached is a full story courtesy of TorontoSun and CiReport.ca
PASSPORT fraud is suspected in an apparent sudden surge of Namibians seeking refugee status in Canada, The Namibian was reliably informed.
A report in a Canadian newspaper, Toronto Sun, said that more than 400 Namibians have sought refugee status in Canada, which has prompted suspicion of an “African alien smuggling ring”.
It went on to say that officers of the Canada Border Services Agency said that as many as 10 to 15 Namibians at some nights arrive at the Pearson International Airport to file for refugee status.
So far this month, the newspaper said, there has been 103 refugee claimants.
A source in Namibia told The Namibian that “some people” are at work providing fraudulent Namibian passports.
He also said that the problem is much bigger than what the figures from the Toronto Sun suggests.
“This is a blot on the name of Namibia,” said the source, preferring anonymity, arguing that Namibians, who do not require visas to enter Canada, could be punished for the fraudulent activities of what appears to be the work of a syndicate.
The source said steps are being taken to clamp down on the fraudulent activity.
The Canadian newspaper said most of the so-called Namibians are arriving in Canada from Paris and other European cities on Air Canada and Alitalia flights.
Airport officials there are reportedly suspecting that smugglers are paid to coach Namibians on what to tell the Canadian authorities when they arrive. These Namibians reportedly allege that they are fleeing “traditional issues” that include violence against lesbians, female genital mutilation and forced marriages to older men.
The Commissioner of Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Nkrumah Mushelenga, questioned the report, and described the claims of the so-called refugee seekers as questionable.
Mushelenga said the ministry is consulting with all the necessary stakeholders on the matter, adding that investigations are in full swing.
Namrights executive director Phil ya Nangoloh warned Namibians not to become victims of human trafficking syndicates that lure them away with promises of jobs or other offers that sound too good to be true.
“They must report it to the Police or to Namrights,” advised ya Nangoloh.
Ya Nangoloh said while human trafficking and gender-based violence are on the increase in Namibia, the reasons proffered by the so-called Namibian refugee seekers seem improbable.
“These are just excuses by those who are trafficking people to get unsuspecting victims to countries like Canada,” proposed ya Nangoloh.
There was a former case of a Namibian woman seeking refugee status in Canada who claimed that she was a member of the Caprivi Liberation Army.
“She only made up this story to look appealing to the Canadian authorities for refugee status,” said ya Nangoloh. “These are lame excuses used for human trafficking,” he suggested.
Quoting a US State Department report, the Toronto Sun wrote that Namibia is a “source, transit, and destination country for children trafficked for purposes of forced labour and commercial sexual exploitation”.