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Immigration & Refugees

Canada’s asylum backlog at biggest level ever

The waiting period to have a refugee claim heard in Canada is already long, with the claimed waiting period of a little under two years, although a five year wait is not unheard of. Canada’s acting Auditor-General, Sylvain Ricard, says» 

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

(interview) Criticism over government handling of Canada’s refugee claims

Canada’s Auditor-General, Sylvain Ricard, released a report yesterday that was critical of several aspects of government, among them the handling of asylum seekers. With a huge increase in asylum seekers entering into Canada from the U.S. at “irregular” crossing points,» 

International

Canada discusses Pakistani woman’s need for asylum

The Globe and Mail reports that Canada “is engaged in ‘discreet and delicate discussions’ to deal with an asylum requests by the family of Asia Bibi…” The Pakistani woman is a Christian who was acquitted after spending eight years on» 

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Illegal migrant numbers into Canada increase in August

(public commenting welcome-scroll to bottom to submit or read. Comments will be posted after moderating) The latest figures show the numbers of migrants crossing illegally into Canada has risen slightly in August. New figures released show the Royal Canadian Mounted» 

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

Emergency meeting on asylum seekers

House of Commons Immigration Committee to meet today after increasingly tense month on the issue of asylum claimants Last week a tense meeting between Canada’s federal immigration minister and an Ontario government minister ended in name-calling, an abrupt exit, and» 

Economy, Environment, Immigration & Refugees, Politics

2010 Tamil migrant ship: expensive, toxic legacy

A tired tramp steamer called the MV Sun Sea  was a the heart of an international incident in 2010. Originally built in 1980 the 53 metre-long ship was loaded with 492 Sri Lankan Tamil migrants in Thailand and then headed» 

Immigration & Refugees

Toronto can’t accommodate more asylum seekers, says mayor

The mayor of Toronto, John Tory, says his shelter system cannot handle new waves of refugee claimants looking for somewhere to live. “Right now, we’re saying, we have a problem and we need help,” Tory said at a news conference.» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Canada seeking to change “safe third country” deal, stiffen the border

Canada’ security minister told reporters today the government is seeking to modify the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) with the U.S. Canada has recently seen a massive influx of migrants crossing illegally into Canada from the U.S. through a largely» 

Uncategorized

Quebec sends hefty bill to federal government for migrant asylum seekers

This week the province of Quebec sent a bill to Ottawa of some $146 million. This is the amount it says it has had to pay so far to accommodate thousands of migrants who crossed illegally into Canada at a» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Canada braces for a potential flood of asylum claimants

(to post or read public comments on all RCI stories, scroll to very bottom of page) It was a U.S programme called Temporary Protection Status (TPS). It granted tens of thousands of Haitians and others, temporary ability to live and»