Magazine article Anglican Journal

Former UN Translator Waits in Mexico to Return to Canada

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Former UN Translator Waits in Mexico to Return to Canada

Article excerpt

Sanja Pecelj, the Kosovo woman who sought sanctuary in the basement of St. Mark's church in Halifax more than a year, is now living with her sister in Mexico, where she will wait for the Canadian government to process application as a permanent resident. Processing of her application under a program that allows provinces to sponsor employable immigrants can take anywhere from four to 18 months.

"The Mexican government asked that there be no media blitz as she (Ms. Pecelj) left Canada, so we kept everything quiet," said Susan Moxley, suffragan bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, a leader of the campaign to pressure Citizenship and Immigration Canada to let Ms. Pecelj stay in Canada. "She (Ms. Pecelj) phoned Saturday (Sept. 11) as soon as she arrived."

Bishop Moxley added: "Leaving Canada was not what the people of Nova Scotia wanted for her, but it was the only option Immigration Canada offered. They wanted to deport her to Serbia but allowed us to find a safe third country for her to live while they processed the papers. …

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