Iranian Refugee Free After Years in Church

Local news covered with story about the 41-year-old Iranian given last-minute grant on permanent residnet status on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Amir Kazemian spent nearly three years in sanctuary at St. Michael’s Anglican Church in Vancouver before being arrested over the weekend.  He was taken into police custody Saturday after officers discovered his outstanding deportation order while they were responding to his call for police help about harassing phone calls. 

Kazemian arrived in Canada in 1998 after leaving his parents in Iran. His mother eventually was accepted as a political refugee, but he was not. 

On Monday, his focus was on a pair of brand-new ski boots, tucked in a corner of his room and still in their box. “I want to use them in the snow.”

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