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


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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8 comments on “White South Africans denied refugee status in Canada
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Jaro says:

    Canada is so racist country!

    Canada has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Canada is not going to be the monolithic societies [sic] that they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the center of that. It’s a huge transformation for Canada to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode, and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role, and without that transformation, Canada will not survive

    • 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.