Federal Court


Applicant as likely as other Algerians to be subject to Al Qaida recruitment attempts

Applicant, aged 25, was citizen of Algeria. Applicant stated that member of Al-Qaida approached him and asked him to drive truck full of explosives onto oil company site. Applicant asked for a few days to think about request during which he was threatened by Al Qaida members. Applicant did not seek police protection. Applicant fled to France in 2007, where he stayed until 2010. Applicant did not seek asylum in France. Upon arrival in Canada in 2010, applicant claimed refugee status. Immigration and Refugee Board found in part that applicant was not part of particular social group as “persons seen as miscreants, traitors for refusing to collaborate with Al Qaida” did not fall in this category. Board denied claim. Applicant applied for judicial review of board’s decision. Application dismissed. Applicant was not threatened by Al Qaida for political opinion. Applicant as likely as other Algerians to be subject to Al Qaida recruitment attempts. Board’s decision that applicant did not form part of social group subject to persecution, as defined in leading Supreme Court authority, was reasonable.

Amrane c. Canada (Ministre de la Citoyenneté et de l›Immigration) (Jan. 8, 2013, F.C., Simon Noël J., File No. IMM-4179-12) 233 A.C.W.S. (3d) 713.

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