The story of a young Quebecois woman is inspiring Canadians to confront the root causes of the refugee crisis.
It is also a case study in the power of collective action.
The story is told in the new documentary Room, the first in a new series on the plight of refugees and immigrants.
The project features interviews with a handful of women and men, including Amanda Plante, a 24-year-old Quebecois who has been living in Canada since her family fled the conflict in her native Syria.
The young woman, who went by the name Amina, was brought to Canada by her father, a Syrian refugee, who lived in the United States.
But, like many refugees, Amina’s story wasn’t always so clear-cut.
“I was a very scared child,” she said.
“The only way I could see a future for myself was through the eyes of my father.
So I took my life in my hands.” “
There was no way that I could go back to the country where my parents had fled.
So I took my life in my hands.”
In the year since she arrived, Aminan has seen her life changed.
She’s had to overcome her father’s drug addiction and is now trying to find a job.
She also became the victim of violence.
“As I got older, I realized I wasn’t going to have the same life,” Amina said.
The trauma of her childhood helped Amina forge her own identity.
The first time she felt unsafe, Aminah went to her mother, who was in the US.
“When I told her, she told me I was going to be fine, and she went to sleep,” she recalled.
“So she woke up and she saw me sitting on the ground.
I was like, ‘Mom, why are you doing this?
But when she began seeing her friends again, Aminas mother finally agreed to let her see her daughter. “
After that, she didn’t talk to her family for the first few years.
But when she began seeing her friends again, Aminas mother finally agreed to let her see her daughter.
“And that’s when I started to understand the true situation of the refugees in Canada.” “
That’s when my life changed,” she told CBC News.
“And that’s when I started to understand the true situation of the refugees in Canada.”
But Amina also saw a lot of discrimination.
“My father didn’t have any job in the city, so he had to stay in his house,” Aminas daughter said.
So when she returned to Syria, Amin said her father was taken away by the government.
“He got shot in the head and killed,” Aminah said.
It was only when Amina returned home that she saw what was going on.
“At that time, I had only one friend in the neighbourhood, and I was really scared,” Aminan said.
Aminan’s first stop on her trip to Canada was the airport in Quebec City.
She said she was nervous about the country.
“It was like a scary place, and you felt like you didn’t belong there,” she recounted.
“In the airport, I met a guy from my refugee family who had a big smile on his face.
Amina continued to see her mother every other day, and soon her life became more positive. “
Then he started to tell me about his family and how he had been able to get his wife back from the war, which made me really happy.”
Amina continued to see her mother every other day, and soon her life became more positive.
“By the time I left the airport that day, my family had moved to Canada and I had my first boyfriend,” she remembered.
“After he was a little older, we started dating.”
Aminan told her mother she was going back to Syria because she didn “need to go back there.”
But the day she returned, Amino went to the RCMP, and it wasn’t long before Amina was arrested and deported to Syria.
“They told me that my family was in Syria and I couldn’t go back,” Amino recalled.
Amino’s story was a wake-up call for the RCMP.
“Our office was shocked,” said Sgt. Greg Worsley, the RCMP’s regional director in Quebec.
“We were very aware of the issue and we looked at it from a legal perspective and we made the determination that I was in Canada illegally.”
Worsleys office worked with Immigration and Refugee Services and the RCMP to help ensure Amina and her family were in the country legally.
But there was a problem.
Aminis father had no legal status in Canada.
Aminat’s mother had no Canadian citizenship either.
Amini and her brother were given an immigrant visa, and their father had an immigrant status.
Amin’s father was eventually deported and her mother was given a temporary resident permit, which was the same as Amina.
“What happened to my mother, she was a single mother who worked at the local grocery store,” Amini said.
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