Highlights / asylum-seekers

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Ottawa offers pathway to permanent residency to some asylum seekers

The federal government is granting a pathway to permanent residency to some asylum seekers who worked on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for patients in hospitals and long-term care homes in Canada. Under the ad hoc measure announced »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Canada’s asylum agreement with the U.S. infringes on Charter: Federal Court

An agreement between Canada and the United States to treat each other as “safe countries” for refugees infringes upon the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a Federal Court judge has ruled, giving Ottawa six months to respond. In a »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Amnesty International calls on Canada to open border to refugees from the U.S.

As countries around the world close their borders to contain the spread of COVID-19, Amnesty International is calling on the federal government to set an example of humane treatment of refugees and open Canada’s borders to asylum seekers from the »

Society

Prime minister warns against populism after being heckled

A reporter today asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau whether he went too far when he told a heckler “there is no room in Canada for this intolerance toward immigrants.” Trudeau was at a rally in the French-speaking province of Quebec »

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Border ministry name fuels an unfounded sense of crisis, groups say

The Canadian government recently created a Ministry of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction and several groups are protesting the move. Amnesty International Canada, the Canadian Council for Refugees and many other advocacy groups have sent a letter to the »

Immigration & Refugees

Border agency to use technology to reduce immigration detention

Canada’s border agency will start using voice reporting and electronic tracking tools to keep tabs on some foreign nationals suspected of immigration violations as an alternative to detaining them, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Tuesday. Under Canada’s immigration rules, the federal government »

Immigration & Refugees

Fewer asylum seekers crossed Canada-U.S. border irregularly in June, say federal officials

Fewer asylum seekers crossed into Canada from the U.S. through irregular border crossings in June than at any time over the last year, according to federal statistics released on Friday as federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen met with his provincial »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Canada was ninth-largest recipient of asylum seekers in 2017

War, violence and persecution drove 16.2 million people from their homes in 2017, bringing the total number of displaced persons in the world to 68.5 million, according to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. ‘Canada should be proud,’ says lawyer »

Immigration & Refugees, International

Nigeria to help reduce illegal border crossings into Canada

Nigeria has agreed to takes steps to reduce the number of asylum seekers coming into Canada and to issue travel documents to those of its citizens whose applications have been rejected and Canada seeks to remove. Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics

UNHCR slams PQ’s proposal for fence on Quebec-New York border

The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is slamming a proposal by the leader of the largest separatist party in Quebec to build a fence along a section of the Quebec-New York border used by asylum seekers to cross into Canada. »