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Urgent Appeal Regarding Fraudulent Practices Exploiting Tigrayan Immigrants

Mekelle:  11 April 2024 (Tigray Herald)

Urgent Appeal Regarding Fraudulent Practices Exploiting Tigrayan Immigrants

Dear
Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada
Canada’s Foreign Policy—Global Affairs Canada
Canadian Immigration and Citizenship
The Embassy of Canada to Ethiopia

I am writing to bring to your attention a critical issue affecting the Tigrayan community seeking refuge in Canada. Over the past few years, Tigrayans escaping the genocidal conflict in Ethiopia have sought safety and educational opportunities abroad, including in Canada. Unfortunately, amidst this desperate situation, some individuals are exploiting our vulnerable fellow Tigrayans through fraudulent visa and scholarship schemes.

Specifically, I wish to highlight the case of Mr. Yared Berhe, an Ethiopian Tigrayan residing in Toronto, Ontario. Mr. Berhe has been misleading and mobilizing Tigrayans to migrate to Canada with promises of securing scholarships, residency permits, and employment opportunities. Regrettably, these assurances are often false, and Mr. Berhe, along with others, has been charging exorbitant fees of up to ten thousand dollars for these services.

This exploitation not only defrauds innocent and traumatized individuals but also tarnishes Canada’s reputation as a champion of justice and fairness. It is imperative that immediate action is taken to address these fraudulent activities and protect those seeking refuge in our country.

I urge the Canadian government to investigate these matters thoroughly and take appropriate legal measures against individuals like Mr. Yared Berhe who are preying on vulnerable communities for personal gain. Such actions must be met with swift justice to ensure the integrity of our immigration system and the protection of those in need.

Canada has always stood as a beacon of hope and compassion for refugees and immigrants around the world. It is vital that we uphold these principles by safeguarding the rights and well-being of all individuals seeking asylum and opportunity within our borders.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. I trust that you will take decisive action to address these exploitative practices and uphold the values that Canada proudly represents.

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