Former child refugee faces deportation hearing

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A former child refugee from Somalia will face a deportation hearing on Wednesday that will determine his future in Canada — a country he’s called home for the vast majority of his life — less than 24 hours after a court agreed to a hearing that could upend the entire case.

Abdoul Abdi, 24, could be ordered deported to his native Somalia by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET in Toronto and comes after a judge rejected a bid to temporarily delay the process as a constitutional challenge makes its way through the courts.

But on Tuesday night Abdi’s lawyer, Ben Perryman, said the Federal Court had agreed to review Abdi’s case in May.

The court will consider aspects of the case that the IRB cannot, including Abdi’s experiences in the Nova Scotia childcare system and his bleak prospects in Somalia, Perryman told CBC News.

“There’s going to be a full hearing on the merits of his case,” he said.

Perryman said earlier he expected his client would be ordered deported because the IRB is not allowed to consider such things.

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