Many migrants explicitly break the rules laid out for becoming a refugee, and the media in Canada often conflate asylum seekers with bona-fide refugees.
Sadly, all this does is undermine the plight of real refugees around the world.
One such example of a true refugee in need of Canada’s help is Asia Bibi.
Bibi is a poor Pakistani farm worker, who also happens to be Catholic.
One day, Bibi was sent to fetch water from a nearby well, and on her way she stopped to take a drink of water for a cup she found on the ground. Another villager saw her and insisted it was forbidden for a Christian to drink from the same cup as Muslims.
Bibi was confronted by an angry crowd, who demanded that she convert. She refused, and defended her belief in Jesus Christ as the saviour of mankind.
Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and sentenced to death by hanging.
The ruling was upheld by the Lahore High Court and she remained on death row.
Following international pressure, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled Bibi was innocent, citing insufficient evidence and inconsistent witness accounts.
However, the acquittal prompted mass protests from hardline Islamists demanding that she be killed. Bibi is now in hiding in Pakistan and cannot leave the country.
Bibi is an example of a real refugee, a person with a well-founded fear of persecution based solely on her religious beliefs.
If she is forced to remain in Pakistan, there is no doubt she’ll be killed.
Asia Bibi deserves asylum. She is a true refugee in need of Canada’s help.
Canada needs to offer Asia Bibi and her family immediate aid and asylum.