Lax Deportation Enforcement Blamed for Death of Young Woman

The family of a young Albertan woman who police believe was murdered by a convicted drug dealer from Somalia calls the federal government’s failure to deport the suspected perpetrator, “sickening”. Arriving in Canada in 1993 as a refugee, and acquiring permanent residency in 1997, suspected murderer Bashir Gaashaan soon fell into a life of crime, […]

Canada Border Services Agency to Use Electronic Bracelets in Place of Detention

The federal government will use electronic tracking bracelets in place of detention for asylum claimants and illegal immigrants who pose a high risk of evading deportation orders, according to a recent report by the Globe and Mail. Ottawa served notice this week that it plans to sign a contract with the U.K. firm Buddi Ltd., […]

Crime-Fighting Immigration Legislation Becomes Law

The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act has officially become law, making it easier to deport foreign criminals from Canada. Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney welcomed the grant of Royal Assent to the legislation: “This new law will keep Canadians safer by ending endless appeals and loopholes that were being used by dangerous […]

More Countries Listed As ‘Safe’ Designated Countries of Origin

As part of the effort to combat bogus asylum claims, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced on Thursday that two more countries have been designated as ‘safe’ countries from which asylum claims will be given an expedited treatment. CIC created the list of designated countries of origin (DCOs) in December 2012 to stem the tide […]

Eight More Countries Considered “Safe” By Canada’s Refugee System

As part of an effort to reduce the number of bogus asylum claims made in Canada, the federal government has added eight countries to its list of designated countries of origin, which are those it considers as having strong protection of human rights, and from which genuine refugees are unlikely to originate. Asylum claimants from […]

Canadian Government to Implement New Refugee Rules on December 15th

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced on Friday that new rules to clamp down on abuse of Canada’s refugee program will come into force on December 15th. The new rules are a reaction to an increase in bogus asylum claims that have seen tens of thousands of individuals from comparatively safe countries apply for refugee […]

CBC Obtains Federal Police Report on Hungarian Refugee Claimants

The largest news broadcaster in Canada, CBC News, has obtained a draft of a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) report on Hungarian refugee claimants, a group which has grown significantly since Canada lifted visa requirements for Hungarian nationals in 2008. The report describes the findings of Project SARA, a CBSA intelligence study of Hungarian refugee claimants, […]

Canadian Government Considering Electronic Bracelets For Refugee Claimants

The federal government is considering requiring asylum seekers who are in Canada and awaiting a decision by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) on their refugee claim to wear electronic tracking bracelets as a condition of being released from detention. On Tuesday, parliament was presented with the findings of a study conducted by the Standing […]