Eight dancers defected from an Algerian dance company. Seven of these have been granted refugee status and the eighth case is under review.
The dancers sought refuge on the grounds they had been threatened by Algerian Islamists, whom they said equate ballet with homosexuality and “depravity.” Neither police nor the ballet company took steps to protect them, they said.http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/09...and-depravity/The El Watan newspaper later quoted an unnamed official at the Algerian embassy in Ottawa, who reportedly said the dancers would be brought home in handcuffs “CIA-style” and that their families in Algeria would be taken into custody.
Algeria's loss is Canada's gain. Who would have thought that Algeria was even advanced enough to have a ballet troupe? They are well away from that shithole of a country.