Canada rejects visas for thousands of World Youth Day hopefuls
Thousands of young people from Third World countries will not be able to participate in World Youth Day because wary Canadian authorities have denied them visas.
Authorities have rejected about 6000 visa applications because they fear the pilgrims will use the trip to immigrate illegally into Canada, sources in Toronto told the Misna missionary agency.
Many of those rejected applications had come from young people in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Uganda and Sudan, sources said. Many had sacrificed a lot to pay their airfare.
The Canadian bishops' conference estimates that about 300,000 young people will arrive in the country for World Youth Day, set for July 23-28.
World Youth Day 2002
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
17 Jul 2002