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Is it fair for people to tweet their way to asylum?

Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed has spent her first week in Canada after the country accepted her as a refugee.

She made international headlines when she flew to Thailand and barricaded herself in a hotel while
sending a series of desperate tweets for help to avoid deportation. She said she feared being killed if she was sent back to her family.

Should smart use of social media help asylum seekers to effectively "jump the queue"? We hear from two people - Hassan al Kontar, the Syrian refugee who was also granted Canadian residency following his tweets from Kuala Lumpur airport, where he was stuck for months, and lawyer Faisal Kutty.

(Photo: Asylum Seeker Rahaf Mohammed, 18, smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Credit: Getty Images)

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