Similarities in Nigerian Asylum Claims Based on Sexual Orientation Have Legal Aid Ontario Asking Questions

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60-70% of Nigerian asylum claims made in Ontario since April cited persecution based on sexual orientation

Nigerian asylum seekers in Canada are making so many similar claims based on sexual orientation that Legal Aid Ontario is worried some claims may be fabricated.

Jawad Kassab, who leads the refugee and immigration program at Legal Aid Ontario, said the agency has identified an "unusual" pattern in sexual orientation claims filed by Nigerian refugee seekers this year.


Article is written by Anita Elash, Diana Swain, Tara Carman of CBC News with commentary by Professor Sean Rehaag.