“I Want to Be a Truck Driver”: Man Who Moved to Canada After Resigning From His Bank Job Now Sleeps on Street
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“I Want to Be a Truck Driver”: Man Who Moved to Canada After Resigning From His Bank Job Now Sleeps on Street

  • Daniel Wanyeki found himself in the precarious situation of living in the streets after he landed in Toronto, Canada and found the shelters were full
  • He moved to the city of Hamilton, where authorities revealed that one-fifth of beds were filled by refugees, prompting concerns of a collapse
  • Asylum seekers seeking opportunities in Canada find challenges in securing jobs, housing, and support services in Toronto

When most Africans think of moving to foreign lands like US, Canada, and UK, they expect to get a good job and house almost immediately after they land.

Wanyeki.
Daniel Wanyeki, who left his banking job to move to Canada (l), and a group of asylum seekers and refugee claimants collect toiletries and food (r). Photos: CBC News.
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Wanyeki moved from Toronto to Hamilton

However, that is not always the case, as Daniel Wanyeki came to learn. According to the 33-year-old, he spent two days sleeping outside when he first arrived in Toronto in June as the shelters were full.

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"Someone suggested that in Hamilton, there might be some space, and that's why we moved to Hamilton. Hamilton is quite a good town," he said.

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CBC News reports he is now living at the Salvation Army, one of the shelters hosting many refugees and asylum seekers needing a place to stay.

One-fifth of shelter beds in Hamilton are filled by refugees and asylum seekers, prompting Mayor Andrea Horwath to say the system is at "risk of collapse".

Toronto systems were overwhelmed

Bedminster said many asylum seekers first arrive in Toronto - where the shelter systems are overwhelmed, and an average of 273 people were turned away every night in June - and then move to Hamilton.

"The newcomers think there "may be additional supports here, and there are shelters, except that isn't the case — our shelter system is already at its capacity," said a Bedminster representative.

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Back in Kenya, Wanyeki worked as a banker after getting his degree in tourism management. He is now working on getting his Ontario driver's licence and hopes to work as a truck driver - a field experiencing a labour shortage.

Lady drops two-month baby with mum, travels abroad

Meanwhile, Yen.com.gh earlier reported that a hardworking lady (@muriungimfridah) went through the pain of dropping her two-month-old baby with her mother as she relocated to the UK for more opportunities.

The lady said that though it was a tough decision, she had to sacrifice to work as a registered nurse in the foreign country.

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Evelyn Genfior (Human-Interest editor) Evelyn Genfior is a Human Interest Editor at YEN.com.gh. She has a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the National Film and Television Institute. She is committed to staying at the forefront of media trends and believes storytelling can shape societies. Evelyn can be reached at evelyn.genfior@yen.com.gh.

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