TikToker Steve Safari, a Kenyan immigrant to Canada, shed light on the alarming outcomes faced by several Kenyans who migrated to Canada.
Shockingly, Steve claimed that some individuals found themselves sleeping on the cold streets of Canada, despite having invested substantial sums, sometimes up to Sh 1.5 million, to immigrate to the country.
Steve Safari, who became part of a group aiming to assist these distressed individuals, disclosed that they had raised CAD 12,000 through fundraising efforts.
The funds were utilized to purchase essentials such as warm clothing, blankets, heated jackets, food, flasks, and over 200 tents.
” Yesterday, everything was arranged, we were given their numbers, and we fundraised the CAD 12,000 (Sh 1.3 million) that was needed, and we bought warm clothes and blankets, heated jackets, food, flasks, and over 200 tents. We fundraised money to buy Kenyans tents for them to live like they are camping!” Said Mr Safari.
Canada, known for its severe winters, Steve claimed that it would presents a challenging environment for those without proper housing.
He says that the irony of individuals who spent significant amounts to immigrate to Canada finding themselves in such dire situations raises questions about the effectiveness of the immigration process and the role of agents in facilitating it.
“For every 4 people who want to migrate, two people are scammed and two people get to travel. And those who do travel only come here to suffer. Kenyans are being scammed and are sleeping outside. I meet a Kenyan and we end up speaking in Kiswahili and then he asks me to give him a blanket. How do I give you a blanked and you are in Canada? Why don’t you go back? You used Sh 500,000, Sh 700k? Sh 800k? to come here and sleep outside? There is no agent who can help you immigrate to Canada,” added Mr Safari.
The TikToker’s call for introspection resonates with the broader issue of immigration scams targeting hopeful individuals seeking opportunities abroad.
”All agents are conmen. I challenge anyone who is an agent who genuinely brought a Kenyan to Canada and is living a good life here to introduce me to such a person so that I can question the immigrant. If they are both legit, I will give the agent Sh 50,000 and the immigrant Sh 50,000 even if they are 100 people,” said Mr Safari.