White South African family seeking asylum in Canada granted new refugee hearing

White South African family seeking asylum in Canada granted new refugee hearing

A family of white South Africans — who sought refugee protection in Canada, claiming fear of rape and violence against whites by the black majority in their homeland — have won the Federal Court’s support to continue their asylum claim.

The claim of Charl and Naira Nel will now be sent back for a new determination by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) after they argued their claims of gender-based fear against women and race-based fear against whites were mishandled.

The last time a white citizen sought asylum in Canada over fear of violence from black citizens in post-apartheid South Africa sparked a diplomatic row between Ottawa and Pretoria — and international outrage.

The Nel family — husband, wife and their daughter — left South Africa in 2010 and applied for refugee protection in Canada.

They told the IRB they feared being victims of crime and violence — the women feared rape, which is prevalent in South Africa, and all feared violence targeting whites…

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