70% of Roma Refugee Claims Now Positive in Ontario, After Years of Low Success Rates

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For Roma refugee Virginia Ivancsik and her family, getting the opportunity to start a new life in Toronto was a seven year process marked by refused refugee claims, deportations, and multiple trips back and forth to their home country of Hungary.

Finally, just last month, the 27-year-old got some good news: Both she and her partner can officially stay in Canada.

The Roma couple is now one of a rising number of Ontario refugee success stories among the Roma community — a trend revealed by data involving nearly five years of Immigration and Refugee Board decisions obtained through a CBC News investigation.


Article is written by Lauren Pelley with commentary by Prof. Sean Rehaag.