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Asylum seekers from India swindled into paying thousands for free services, say health workers

Feb. 16, 2021 – Thousands of dollars in fees but no invoices. Charges for services that are otherwise free. Cases dropped without warning. As Montreal social worker Anne-Marie Bellemare started meeting more and more asylum-seeking clients from northern India about 18 months ago, she began to notice a worrying pattern. She likens it to extortion and says she believes it’s happening both in their home country and in Canada. Note: This story is based on an investigation by Romain Schué for Radio-Canada’s program Enquête. CBC News reports. | READ MORE