Abdoul Abdi to be released from detention as 'Canada continues to pursue his deportation'
Abdi's lawyer, Benjamin Perryman, says he Immigration and Refugee Board ordered his client's release. Abdi, who has lived in Canada since he was six, is facing deporation to Somalia.
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HALIFAX — The lawyer for a young man who has spent most of his life in Canada but is now facing deportation to Somalia says his client will soon be released from detention.
Benjamin Perryman says the Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered Abdoul Abdi to be released from custody.
Abdi was six years old when he arrived in Nova Scotia as a refugee from the war-torn, African country.
He went to live with his aunt, who didn't speak English, and was soon apprehended by the Nova Scotia government and put into foster care.
Between the ages of eight and 19, Abdi was moved 31 times, separated from his sister and was never granted citizenship.
His aunt's efforts to regain custody were rejected, and attempts to file a citizenship application for the children was blocked.
Abdi served five years in prison for multiple charges, including aggravated assault.
Perryman said Abdi was given grossly inadequate care by the province as a foster child. He has said deporting him to Somalia — a country to which he has no ties and where he would be unable to care for his Canadian-born daughter — would be unfair.
Abdi's case has become a rallying point for advocates who say it was wrong for the province to fail to apply for citizenship on his behalf.
Stephen McNeil, Nova Scotia’s premier, said last week that he has ordered the province’s Community Services Department to complete a review of any cases that would require supports similar to those needed by Abdi.
The Canada Border Services Agency detained Abdi when he was released from prison earlier this month.
Although a date is not finalized, Abdi, 24, will soon be released to a halfway house in the greater Toronto area.
"He will likely be transferred to a halfway house tomorrow. Canada continues to pursue his deportation," Perryman said in a tweet Monday.
(Global News, The Canadian Press)