Putting fate in government hands

Ahcene is 24 years old. He works at a Tommy Hilfiger store, loves soccer, and wants to be a teacher. He is also one of the thousand non-status Algerians who risk being deported if their landed-immigrant claims are refused.

“I am not like a normal person,” says Ahcene, who has been living in Montreal for three years. “I am still stressed, still not at ease.”

He requested that his last name not be published.

If living day by day with no clue of what will happen next is stressful for him, his composure gives no indication of it.

He sips his chamomile tea peacefully in the Caf


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