How Do I Apply For Refugee Status?

I wrote my Ombudsman the other day, for the 3rd time in the past year; to ask how I go about applying for refugee status.

Am I being factitious? of course, Canada is where people come to escape persecution and have a better life. Canada and the USA are made up of generations of people who dreamed of a better life, freedom of speech, and protection from racism, persecution and suffering.  And if you are a refugee coming to Canada that is what you will get, but not if you are a born and raised Canadian.

I was born in New Westminster, 57 years ago, always lived in Canada, worked from the time I was 13 and have paid my taxes unemployment insurance, and into the Canada Pension Plan my whole life. I have been a business owner and a home owner, contributing to the economy of Canada my whole life. I have been  charitable law abiding citizen of Canada, never once packing a bomb or gun or uttering any threats against my country or my fellow Canadians. I have successfully helped several immigrants fill out their applications for citizenship and to bring loved ones to Canada. We have lots of land up here, room for thousands and I am not greedy, I have been known to go home and take 1/2 of everything in my cupboards box it up and give it to someone without food. On several occasions I took the family grocery shopping at Christmas with two shopping carts and everything we bought, the same was put in the other cart to be donated to a family in need. Not the typical mac and cheese, or long noodle soup people donate, but the good stuff, chips, nuts, cranberry sauce, cheeses, crackers, all the things we look forward to pigging out on through the Christmas holidays. I am not a selfish person and I don’t give two shits about being recognized for my efforts, that is not why I did it. I did it because I hate to see people do without, I can’t enjoy my good fortune when I know there are people out there going without, especially young children. I have literally given the coat off my back to a young child without a warm coat.

I will say Happy Holidays if Merry Christmas offends you, or Happy Hanukkah, and I won’t be offended if you don’t worship God as I see him/her and I will try your traditions, respect your beliefs, and I love to try different foods from different countries.

I respect your right to not say the Lord’s Prayer in school, and I respect your right to wear your traditional head gear or Burgha.

My irritation comes from losing MY right to say the Lord’s Prayer in school, MY right to wish people Merry Christmas, and MY rights to a roof over my head, food on my table and protection from those people who mean to do me harm.

If I was able to get refugee status I would qualify for full medical and dental coverage, I would be guaranteed a roof over my head, an education, food, and protection from the narcissistic people who threaten my existence.

I am all for helping the persecuted and the hungry masses, no one should get away with murdering innocent women and children, any where! not in Syria, not in Canada, but I DO feel charity should begin at home.

And THAT my friends is the thorn in MY side right now, and that does not even touch on the fact that Yes we are all immigrants in some way, it is a totally different scenario now than generations ago.

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7 thoughts on “How Do I Apply For Refugee Status?

  1. I so agree with you. I live in the great USA, in poverty. Excuse me if I have a hard time finding anything “great”about this country, when I go without on just a basic survival level. As a disabled person, I have been discriminated against, taken advantage of, financially ruined
    mis-lead & deceived by the very people that are suppose to help me.

    What really ticks me off, is the services I need to most help with, I either not old enough (51), near enough to death, or make to much money. So I get published for having a good job when I was working. It also seems they took taxes for services, that I don’t get to use.

    Gotta love that “Great” country. (Sarcasm)

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  2. I so agree with you. I live in the great USA, in poverty. Excuse me if I have a hard time finding anything “great”about this country, when I go without, on just a basic survival level. As a disabled person, I have been discriminated against, taken advantage of, financially ruined, mis-lead & deceived by the very people that are suppose to help me.

    What really ticks me off, is the services I need the most help with, I’m either not old enough (51), near enough to death, or make to much money. So I get punished for having a good job when I was working. It also seems they took taxes for services, that I don’t get to use.

    Gotta love that “Great” country. (Sarcasm)

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  3. carrie you are right there are issues in most countries in england we do have the nhs which is good but they are closing down many hospitals so people have to travel further which is terrible and will cost lives i think a lot comes down to luck when we have nothinng and need help i really hope things are going well for you struggling can get you down at times you are such a kind person and deserve to do well thankyou for this post carrie xxx

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  4. I have been mulling over some of the same things. It seems to me that internally placed citizen refugees should be able to receive the benefits that are granted to newcomers, especially those of us who are internal refugees as victims of violent crime. The US does not have government programs to cover that, they might in some states but there are no federal requirements for it. I happen to have relocated to a state that has decent employment opportunities and good social services, but the state I became a victim in did not have such benefits. I wish there was some sort of policy on this.

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  5. Sadly many do agree with you but those in power see things differently. I said that I’m sick of the Canadian gov’t working fast and generous with everyone EXCEPT the Canadian taxpayer. How long does it take Canadians to get ANY government form processed in this country let alone a citizenship app? It’s ridiculous! It’s NOT a racist thing–it’s absolute disbelief in a government who loves EVERYONE except those who PAY taxes in this country.

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  6. Carrie, Here in my country of origin, I can relate to your issues.
    Right now, I am getting some robust help in the form of Social Security Disability, Medicare/Medicaid, and most of my prescriptions paid for (oh, and I get $6.00 a month in food assistance!)… It has been a very long road to get the level of help I get currently. When I was married to the N and getting progressively sicker since 2005 or so, I begged and begged for state and federal help, but there was none for me. I sought help to avoid total destruction of my finances and loss of my home etc., to no avail.
    I am currently eligible for more food assistance and heating help, but the paperwork is unwieldy and time consuming and I just can not get through the paperwork with my issues and my mom being so sick. I can also apply for housing assistance, but at this point in my life, I despise living close to others. I would like to be able to save for an affordable piece of land where I can live on my own terms and not need much help except for disability and health, but I can not have savings on my programs.
    The other week was a round and round for my mom all for nothing… It costs me so much money to care for her and there is a program where I could get paid to be her care giver and help the financial situation here, but the program is really rigid and only allows me 3 hours a day to care for my medical needs. This program pays less than $0.96 an hour… The truth is that I am mostly at my mom’s side and I feel comfortable leaving her occasionally for more than three hours so I can deal with my personal issues while checking in by phone or having her sister stop by but not stay with her… but that does not fit the program and I have no support structure that will fit the program guidelines.
    Eh, the whole thing is a cluster f%$k! I am in better shape than you are but living like this sucks. I do not want assistance of any sort, but my medical costs would require me having a six figure job to pay for this stuff on my own.
    I guess the point is, there are so many assistance programs but they are so specific and if you don’t fit the cookie cutter idea of need, you are screwed and go without, unless one is willing to massage the details to qualify, all while watching others so easily get the services you need.
    It sickens me the ease some populations have of getting services yet others go living without. The issues is the EASE of getting services not that someone is actually getting needed help. My ire is not with the demographics receiving assistance, but with the faulty system processing the benefits.
    One would think I should have it made being a disabled minority woman, but my minority is not a voting block minority (I know an oxymoron), and my people have not been considered as a top priority.
    This is a sickening subject, because I think neither one of us (or the others in agreement here) even want to have to ask for help and help seems so selective.
    I feel really shitty discussing this with others, but this is the way I feel at this point in my life.
    Just like you Carrie, there was a time in my life where this subject never entered into play. I too felt lucky to have what I did and wanted to be generous to others who had less. I don’t begrudge anyone getting services they really need, but it is so hard to wrap my head around the fact that I have to beg and carefully present my need to possibly get any help here…

    Sorry for the diatribe. I know there are people in far worse situations than I am. Really, I do feel very lucky that I have been able to cobble together some stability since my discard even though it is so far from ideal. I am sending you all kinds of positive vibes Carrie so that you can just hold on until the golf course job ramps up and you can start piecing together a more ideal living situation and access to your medical needs.

    This is really off topic, but once I do have my land on coastal Maine, I want to start building separate tiny house units as shelter for people who have endured abuse at the hands of a Cluster B. I am walking my way through this special hell and I have nothing but empathy for anyone on this journey to wholeness.

    Peace and Love Profound to all of you this Holiday Season!
    I wish I had an answer.

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