Thousands of claims are made for asylum, but not all will meet the criteria which defines an actual refugee.

Thousands of claims are made for asylum, but not all will meet the criteria which defines an actual refugee.
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White South Africans denied refugee status in Canada

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A white South African family has seen their refugee claim in Canada denied.

Eric and Sonia Endre were farmers in South Africa and had been visiting relatives in Canada in April 2016 accompanied by their two children, and two grandparents.

Ten days later they made a refugee claim in which they referenced a number of violent thefts and threatening incidents in their home country. Their claim was based on allegations that because they were white, they were being targetted by the black majority.

That claim was denied by Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) which ruled that race was not an issue and it seemed likely they were chosen randomly and the thefts and  attempts to steal were motivated by economic conditions and not race.

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. On at least two occasions , 2010 and 2012 he publicly sang a revolutionary song with the words *kill the Boer* often cited as having increased tensions in the country
South African President Jacob Zuma. On at least two occasions, 2010 and 2012, he publicly sang a revolutionary song with the words *kill the Boer*, incidents often cited as having increased racial tensions in the country © Mike Hutchings/Reuter

The Endres appealed to the Federal Court saying the IRB failed to consider danger to their children.

That appeal was rejected, as have all claims from S Africa this year.

A similar 2008 case in which asylum was initially granted to Brandon Huntley, sparked a strong diplomatic reaction from the South African government which threatened worsening relations between the countries if the decision stood. As a result the IRB was ordered to review its decision which was reversed.

“South Africans are now persecuting a segment of white South Africans because you’re almost embarrassed to say it, for fear that you get labelled a racist because of the ugly history of apartheid which everyone was against. But the reality is the reality. Poor whites are targeted because of race and the law of refugee status in Canada should be applied to them, no different from any other persecuted race in any other country without regard to the political correctness.”   Rocco Gilati, lawyer involved in the unsuccessful refugee claim by white South African Brandon Huntley.

Although several media outlets in other countries such as England and Australia have been reporting increasing cases of theft, violence and murder against white farmers in South Africa, some dispute the issue of race, saying in the majority of cases simple robbery is the motive

Free State Agriculture operations manager Dr jack Armour is quoted in the Huff Post (link below) saying the crimes were due to inequality, poverty and desperation. He said their independent studies showed that black farmers and farm workers were also being killed adding “.It is also not only poverty and desperation, but also crime syndicates and greed driving targets on farms. We remain soft targets”

Statistics show the whites still earn several times more on average than blacks in South Afirca but in a country where a history of racism and poverty are so deeply intertwined, it is often difficult to determine whether a crime is racially or economically motivated, or what percentage of either may play a role in the high crime rate and overall insecurity. Whites make up only about 9% of the population in the otherwise vastly majority black nation.

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21 comments on “White South Africans denied refugee status in Canada
  1. George Morley says:

    If when they return they find that there is nothing to return to and all possessions including land have been taken over then where do they stand ?
    How about Canada putting the content of the Commonwealth Charter on the table and recognising the position of this family as the first line of my comment could well be fact. Let’s face it, when the Prime Minister can allow a terrorist to come in and give him a small fortune surely these folk deserve better.

  2. Dina Smit says:

    Please help the white people of South Africa.. we are brutally murdered because of our skin colour

  3. R says:

    Parroting and copying Barbra Specter is a tad lame. She said that about Europe. Anyone who can claim that Canada is not multicultural is a plain ignorant.

  4. Schultz, Heinz says:

    What a gross type of result? …. by someone truly of needy refugee status! Typical for people that only care for themselves ala German origin Trump. It may be a harsh verdict but I’ve had previous experience with Canadian Immigration (especially at the Canadian Consulate in PRETORIA!) There I had to apply for a transit visa for my foreign wife to spend 6 hours in Vancouver to join a Norwegian Cruiseliner to a 7-day Alaska cruise. It was flatly denied and what is more that consular ossifer messed up my wife’s passport by scribbeling some illegal and destructive remark into that passport (which had to be re-done at great expense as it was rendered useless , if not invalid.) Canada does not seem to have anchored in their constitution the assumption of not guilty before judgement. They didn’t know my wife from a bar of soap, had no record, good or bad or at all. I was allowed to transit Vancouver (gracefully) to join that ship, but it was necessary for me to arrange flights for my wife from LA to Juneau in order for her to join me on that cruise without touching Royal Canadian ground.
    Coming back to these POOR South African refugees, denied their refugee status: why don’t they go to the Black Forest in Germany, Angie Merkel welcomes everybody there, especially folks that know about forestry and farming. Germany/EU are not denying refugee status to anybody NEEDY ….. oh and we know all about that population in the Mediterranean Sea, so much they are losing control and lives with that ….. all they want is that you work (like everybody else) and pull finger!

  5. serena grisdale says:

    Can’t anyone start a petition to help these poor farmers in SA from being slaughtered?

  6. Joan Higgin says:

    It’s a crime
    No human should have to put up with percecution ..
    I believe you will pay for your sins Trudeau

  7. Jason says:

    I worked with a fellow from South Africa for a couple years he had in SA a gardener and a house hand who were both Black they were his employees, he was not a rich man just a working class man that could afford to help other families in his area. He got out before any of this started happening and came to Canada where he became a working class man as well, the only people who lost out of that deal were the people who worked for him cause after he was gone they probably ended up not having employment, I think everyone should look around at the big picture and see what is going on on this planet, this one against that one women againt men religion against religion I don’t care what color you are sooner or later this is all going to explode and the only people who are going to gain are the same ones who have always gained from conflict and that is not common people like you or me it is the people trying to force an agenda on common people who live in peace together when they are not being poked and prodded by the powers who do not like to show their identities for everyone to see rather use pawns in their game.

  8. SJ Dixon says:

    once again the liberal government has buried their heads in the sand. The leadership of South Africa has openly stated they will seize property from white owners with zero compensation. Pure racism at it’s finest.

  9. Kellyanna Sunshiney says:

    Canada did the right thing. White South African people should not be complaining due to the fact that most South Africans in the past did very little to stop the apartheid. There are still white south African people teaching the younger generation that black people are primitive – ape -like and inferior and not allowing black people to rent accommodation or buy houses in majority white areas within South Africa. Although many black people are in politic the economic circumstances for ordinary black south Africa is not secure. There is much unemployment.
    White people are opening up companies within South Africa and giving the majority f jobs to white people. The white people are selling homes to white people, I have heard of cases in which white hotel- guest house owners refuse black people.
    There are a lot of white owned companies that focus an underground white-only police still in South Africa.

    I have white South African English people in my Family and know many of the white south Africapeople can be very nice. I want black and white people to be living together without the worry of being discriminated against, tortured and killed.

    The only way to solve the problems in South Africa is if every south African person stops trying to have automatic entitlement to the country. They need to acknowledge what happened in the past and admit to the discrimination against black people . however much improved, to the black people today.

    The white South Africans , in my opinion, should stop demanding so much as the land does not belong to most White South Africans. White European people destroyed their right when they colonized 54 countries within Africa according to my research. They divided and conquered the land and stole much of its natural resources to build up the west.

    • Excpir says:

      So according to you white South Africans today who had nothing to do with apartheid deserve to be raped and murdered by the 90% black population because of what their fathers and grandfathers did?

      Young children on South African farms are being raped and murdered in an ethnic cleansing – these aren’t crimes of economics because they are often leaving expensive things behind, the president of SA has called upon blacks to murder whites and other foreigners (other blacks that aren’t native to SA) – South Africas poor economy is due to its socailist policies of today, the economy and living standards today for blacks and whites in SA are worse than during apartheid due to poor management of the government.

      It’s sad that Canada and America are so biased toward black oppression that they can’t see oppression of whites in SA – don’t punish the son for the sins of the father – too bad people don’t read their bible anymore.

      • Odirile says:

        You need to learn the real state of affairs in South Africa nad stop beleiving lies perpetuated by white controlled Media. Im a Black and South African. 95% of youbstatistics above are untrue. Land dispossession informed the formation of the ANC in 1912……look at apartheid and british colonial laws under land and property. The land reform policy of 1994 and the failed willing buyer willing seller policy….and looknat the stats of land ownership by race in 2018. The proposed land expropriation is correct. Blacks cant comtinue recycling poverty in their mother land and while whites recycle wealth to generations. Is that Social justice?

      • Joan Higgin says:

        I totally agree with you

    • Joan Higgin says:

      I seen reggy yates programme on sa
      And because he is black he got told he would get a job no problem
      That not harm wouldwill come if him
      He went to the white camp
      Where people can not get a job or a home !!
      YOU SHOULD LEARN FROM THE PAST
      Whites are at the back of the que IS THAT FAIR ?IS THE RIGHT ?

  10. sunshine says:

    I can’t believe the Canadian immigration government denied this family a place for a safer living. They were clearly targeted. haven’t they been reading the news that si coming out of South Africa? women are being raped beaten in front of their children, men can’t find employment, and government are not doing anything about it. It is obvious about RACE!!! Hope this family cross the border and come to the United States- I believe they will have better chance at asylum here.

    • Missy J says:

      If you think they experience crime because they’re white you have no clue what’s happening in S.A.. People are murdered, raped and robbed EVERY day in the township’s of S.A sadly we dont have social and financial resources to seek refuge in Canada

  11. nobody says:

    wow. i can only hope enough people can wake up before that happens. i don’t want anyone deciding my races fate or anyone else. especially those that are well known to be duplicitous. hunger game dystopia is where we are headed.

  12. Bob Sagat says:

    The Canadian government is clearly run by europhobes that get some type of sick twisted pleasure out of watching women and children suffer.

  13. Viviane Daniels says:

    This is awful!! Whites farmers are being targeted in South Africa solely because of their race. If any people are refugees, this family is!

  14. Marshall MacDougall says:

    shameful. this government will jump on unequal employment by race and gender as a definite proof of discrimination, but when a party founded by a terrorist opposed to white rule encourages crime against people based on their race, and that crime indeed occurs? no correlation. Never mind that the ANC and EFF have both been ramping up their rhetoric against the white farmers for populist appeal and pushing for mass land seizures, this government can’t find it in themselves to identify and potential discrimination here.