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Hamilton’s Roma community fears impact of refugee reform

Jaroslav Mitac poses in his east-end townhouse on Friday. He’s a pastor at the Hamilton Gypsy Church,which serves Roma who fled the Czech Republic. (Cory Ruf/CBC)

Hamilton’s Roma community dwindles in face of new immigration rules
By Cory Ruf, CBC News Posted: Dec 12, 2012 7:00 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 12, 2012 9:08 AM ET
Jaroslav Mitac poses in his east-end townhouse on Friday. He’s a pastor at the Hamilton Gypsy Church,which serves Roma who fled the Czech Republic. (Cory Ruf/CBC)

An evangelical pastor, Jaroslav Mitac describes an unenviable task that has become a significant part of his job: consoling congregants before they’re deported.

“I talked with one family [Friday],” the 47-year-old said, speaking through an interpreter. “They were so unhappy because they had to go home on Monday.”

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International students easy prey for ‘ghost’ immigration consultants

International students easy prey for immigration recruiters
Government trying to crack down on ‘ghost consultants’
By Fabiola Carletti and Janet Davison, CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2012 5:02 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 11, 2012 4:57 AM ET

False immigration promise lures student to Quebec

Vipul Patel thought that coming from India to study in Canada would be a good way to gain a foothold in a country he hopes will become his permanent home.

But nearly a year after making the move, the 23-year-old is frustrated, confused and not sure who to believe in the sometimes murky — and costly — world where ghost consultants mingle with legitimate agents wanting to help foreign students come to Canada.

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