Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Toronto Star: Refugees back for second chance

After controversial move to deport them, Portuguese who overstayed permits come back with jobs and residency

January 23, 2007
Phinjo Gombu
Staff Reporter

Baby Francesca De Sousa remained contentedly oblivious to the tearful and joyous return to Canada of her parents and two older sisters yesterday, about 10 months after they were deported to Portugal.

Francesca's mother Maria De Sousa, 36, was seven months pregnant when she, husband Antonio, 37, and daughters Tanya, 13, and Anna, 11, left – after four years in Canada and a failed bid to stay here on a refugee asylum claim.

They were among hundreds of Portuguese families deported last year, mostly after overstaying work permits and visitor's visas.

Full article HERE.