In Depth: Tamil migrant stories
ctvbc.ca Published Wednesday, September 8, 2010 9:35PM PDT
Visit ctvbc.ca to see our list of in-depth and investigative stories, videos and photo galleries on the 492 Tamil migrants who arrived in B.C. on August 13, 2010.
- Liberal likens Tories to Nazis on human smuggling plans - A former B.C. Liberal Party candidate for MP is comparing the federal government's plans for dealing with refugee vessels to the Nazis' treatment of the Jews.
- Migrant detained after reports of Tamil Tiger link - One of the Sri Lankan asylum-seekers who arrived in B.C. onboard the MV Sun Sea will remain in detention so that the government can look into newspaper reports connecting him to the Tamil Tigers.
- Migrants' lawyer blasts gov't for lack of evidence - Nearly two weeks after a boat carrying 492 Tamils docked in British Columbia, a lawyer for some of the migrants says he's frustrated by the lack of information from government officials.
- Did the Sri Lankan migrants 'jump the queue'? - An overwhelming majority of Canadians believes that the passengers of the MV Sun Sea budged in line for immigration to Canada, cutting ahead of would-be immigrants who've spent years filling out paperwork. Are they correct?
- Pregnant migrants remain in custody - Two pregnant women who arrived in Canada via cargo ship will remain in detention for at least another week.
- Canadians want migrants deported, survey finds - Almost half of Canadians believe a ship carrying 490 Tamil migrants that landed on B.C. shores last week should be sent back to Sri Lanka, according to a survey released Thursday by Angus Reid Public Opinion.
- Migrant toddler has shrapnel stuck in head: lawyer - A toddler with a piece of shrapnel lodged in his head is just one of many battle-scarred migrants among the Tamils who arrived in B.C. last week, according to a lawyer representing some of the asylum-seekers.
- Migrant kids play while parents go to refugee hearings - Some of the kids excitedly splash each other with water to beat the British Columbia heat, while others are more than happy to hang in the shade with their crayons.
- Another 100 migrants slated for hearings - Another 100 people from the Tamil migrant ship are slated for detention hearings today as authorities continue trying to establish their identities.
- First of Tamil migrants ordered to remain in detention - The first of 492 recently arrived Tamil migrants has appeared at a detention hearing in Vancouver, and will remain in custody until immigration authorities can verify her identity.
- Media allowed in migrant hearings, Tamil Congress banned - Reporters have been allowed in the room to cover detention hearings for the Sri Lankan migrants, but the Tamil Congress and other interested groups are still barred.
- 'Have faith in us,' Tamil migrants write - Tamil migrants who arrived in B.C. last week are asking Canadians to have faith that they are not terrorists, according to two letters said to have been written by passengers on the MV Sun Sea.
- Detention hearings begin for Sri Lankan migrants - Detention review hearings begin today for close to 500 immigrants who came to Canada last Friday aboard a rusty cargo ship.
- Tamil migrant died en route to Canada - A Tamil man died while travelling aboard the MV Sun Sea cargo ship, only a few weeks before he was due to reach Canada, police say.
- End of civil war hasn't calmed Sri Lanka, experts say - The story of nearly 500 Tamil migrants who arrived in Canada begins decades ago in their home country of Sri Lanka, where separatist Tamil Tiger rebels waged a campaign of civil war that lasted 26 years.
- Why didn't Canada just send the migrants back? - As hundreds of illegal Tamil immigrants stepped ashore for the first time in three months and requested asylum, many Canadians were asking: Why didn't the government simply turn the boat back?
- Some migrant Tamil children taken into care: CBSA - Some of the migrant Tamil children who braved a cargo ship to make their way to Canada have been put in the care of British Columbia's children's ministry.
- Migrant ship is case of human smuggling: official - Canadian border officials have confirmed that they consider the cargo ship that arrived in B.C. carrying more than 450 migrants from Sri Lanka to be a case of human smuggling.
- Several migrants remain in hospital in Victoria, B.C. - The Vancouver Island Health Authority says it has released most of the Tamil migrants hospitalized after arriving in Canada aboard a cargo ship on Friday.
- What are they running from? - It will be months -- or possibly years -- before Canadians know whether those onboard the MV Sun Sea have legitimate claims as refugees. In the meantime, CTVBC.CA takes a look at what hey've left behind in Sri Lanka.
- Cost of migrants is huge, but could pay off: lawyer - An immigration lawyer says that the Sri Lankan migrants onboard the MV Sun Sea will cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars -- but that investment in the new arrivals just might pay off.
- Tamil migrants: terrorists or refugees? - Even before the MV Sun Sea was intercepted on its voyage to B.C., the federal government had labelled some of the passengers "suspected human smugglers and terrorists." So who exactly has arrived?
- Canada needs hard stance on migrant ship: minister - The Canadian government said a ship carrying 490 migrants that arrived in B.C. Friday is part of an international human smuggling ring, and that more ships will be on the way unless the country takes a hard stance.
- B.C. jails too crowded for migrants: union - The union representing workers at B.C. corrections facilities says housing newly-arrived refugee claimants will put a strain on an already severely overcrowded jail system.
- IN PICTURES: Tamil migrants arrive in Canada - A ship carrying nearly 500 migrants from Sri Lanka arrived in B.C. before dawn on Aug. 13, 2010.
- Migrant ships and Canada: A brief history - A cargo ship off British Columbia is carrying hundreds of migrants seeking refuge in Canada. Here are some past instances of refugees and migrants coming to Canada in boats.
- RCMP board migrant ship bound for B.C. - Mounties have boarded a cargo ship off British Columbia carrying hundreds of migrants believed to be Tamils from Sri Lanka and are escorting it to Vancouver Island.
- Migrant children will be detained with mothers - Preparations are being made to feed and house an unknown number of women and children onboard the Sri Lankan migrant ship approaching B.C.'s shores.
- Canada a choice target for Tamil migrants: diplomat - Tamil migrants are making the choice to come to Canada because it is seen as ‘the easiest mark in the world'; for prospective refugees of any background, says Ottawa's former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.
- Hospital readies for migrants as ship approaches B.C. - A hospital in Victoria, B.C., is preparing for the arrival of patients from a migrant ship carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers.
- 'Such a difficult journey:' Sri Lankan asylum-seeker - As a ship packed with Sri Lankan asylum-seekers nears B.C., passengers on the last migrant ship to reach the west coast are still waiting to hear whether they'll be allowed to stay in Canada.
- B.C. jails prepare for passengers on migrant ship - A ship carrying Sri Lankan migrants is expected to reach B.C.'s shores within the next few days, and preparations to house those onboard in local prisons are already underway.
- Gov't worried Tamil Tigers are onboard migrant ship - Ottawa is concerned about who is on a B.C.-bound ship that may be carrying Tamil Tigers, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Monday.
- Migrant ship headed for Vancouver, U.S. officials say - The U.S. State Department says it believes a ship carrying Sri Lankan migrants is headed for Vancouver.
- Gov't prepared for arrival of Sri Lankan migrant ship - The Ministry of Defence says it is prepared to intercept a migrant ship, reportedly carrying about 200 suspected Sri Lankan asylum seekers, that is due to arrive on B.C.'s coast in the next few weeks.
- Migrant ship could be headed to B.C. - Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs says that it is aware of reports that a ship carrying illegal Tamil migrants could be headed to British Columbia.