Dozens of foreign diplomats seek asylum in Canada

Dozens of foreign diplomats have requested asylum in Canada, the daily French-language newspaper La Presse reported Friday, citing secret government documentDozens of foreign diplomats have requested asylum in Canada, the daily French-language newspaper La Presse reported Friday, citing secret government documents. They include 38 Afghanistan envoys and their families, from 2009 to 2014, as well as 16 diplomats from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Greece, Honduras, and even an American embassy staffer. Former head of Canada’s consular affairs, Gar Pardy, told the Montreal newspaper this is an “unprecedented number” of refugee claims by foreign officials. Immigration spokeswoman Alexis Pavlich noted that Canada has “one of the most fair and generous asylum systems in the world.”

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