Sri Lankan refugee recalls a less welcoming Canada in 2009

More than six-thousand Syrian refugees have arrived Canada in the past few weeks. And thousands more are being processed in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, in the hopes of coming to this country soon.

The Canadian government and private sponsors are hard at work…. getting ready to welcome these refugees with open arms.

But that certainly wasn’t the welcome some past refugees to Canada have received.

Nearly 600 Sri Lankans fled their country and sailed to Canada on cargo ships, The Ocean Lady and the MS Sun Sea, in 2009 and 2010.

Nearly six hundred Sri Lankans fled their country and sailed to Canada on two rusty cargo ships, The Ocean Lady and the MS Sun Sea, in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Upon their arrival on the shores of British Columbia, they were arrested and jailed.

Ilamaran Nagarasa came to Canada on the MV Ocean Lady.  His wife and daughter have not been able to join him here in Canada and are living in India. Ilamaran Nagarasa joined Connie Walker in our Toronto studio.

Read the full story at http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-january-7-2016-1.3393099/sri-lankan-refugee-recalls-a-less-welcoming-canada-in-2009-1.3393312

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