Refugees 'In The Crosshairs' as Legal Aid Ontario Battles For Government Funding, Advocates Warn

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Agency says it has no choice but to slash refugee services — but many say cuts could be 'devastating'

Immigration advocates are sounding the alarm as Legal Aid Ontario moves to slash services for refugees — saying the measures threaten to hold vulnerable asylum seekers hostage amid the organization's fight for added government funding.

The mounting concern comes as the arm's-length provincial agency launches a consultation process to look into what it calls the "difficult choice" to temporarily suspend some of the services, beginning July 1.