Francisco Rico Martinez on FCJ Refugee Centre

FCG Refugee Centre co-director Francisco Rico Martinez surrounded by community members, smiling into camera

Since the pandemic, the lives of refugees and asylum claimants has changed. For many people that make a claim between Nov. 2020 up to Jan. 2021, they are in limbo.

The number of Asylum Claimants processed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has drop significantly from around 4000 to 1000 between Jan. 2020 to Dec. 2020.

Francisco Rico Martinez was a refugee himself and now he is the co-director of the FCJ Refugees Centre. He speaks to CJRU about his own trajectory, services offered by FCJ Refugees Centre and how the pandemic is changing operations. To hear more, listen to the interview below by Pascal Filippi.