Canada's new 'irregular arrivals' designation changes rights of refugee claimants
On Wednesday (Dec5) Canada's Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews used new legislation to designate five groups of people 'irregular arrivals' in what the government says is an attempt to crack down on human smuggling. See details here.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) says this new designation radically changes the treatment and rights of refugee claimants, and penalizes the claimants rather than human smugglers.
Of the 85 designated on Wednesday, none are confirmed to be human smugglers.
RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, the director of the CCLA's Equality Program.
Statement of Minister of Public Safety Toews on first 'irregular arrival' designation - here
Canada's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on designation (audio report) - here
Canadian Civil Liberties Association denounces use of 'irregular arrival' designation - info
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