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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Federal Court to decide on Abdoul Abdi’s future

Immigration and Refugee Review Board pauses its own hearing on refugee's fate in response.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 5:21 PM

A poster used for rallies across Canada earlier this week in support of Abdi's release. - BY AMBER WILLIAMS-KING, VIA FACEBOOK
  • BY Amber Williams-King, VIA FACEBOOK
  • A poster used for rallies across Canada earlier this week in support of Abdi's release.

Canada's Federal Court will hear the case of a former ward of the province facing deportation to Somalia.

Abdoul Abdi's fate was to be decided on Wednesday by the Immigration and Refugee Review Board. But news of the federal hearing later this May caused the IRB to put a pause on its own proceedings.

The 24-year-old Abdi arrived in Nova Scotia at the age of six with his family, but was taken from his mother and put into provincial care soon after.

Through the course of the next 12 years, the department of Community Services failed to apply for his citizenship.

Abdi, who has a criminal record, is now facing deportation back to an unfamiliar country with no family and a language he doesn't speak. Family members have called it tantamount to a death sentence.

On Tuesday, supporters across the country gathered in several planned protests—including at Nova Scotia's Legislature—calling for the federal government to intervene and allow Abdi to remain in Canada.

The IRB will meet back on March 21 to decide whether it will wait for a verdict from the Federal Court, or make a ruling of its own.

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