Monday, 9 June 2008

Majority of Canadians oppose the use of the refugee system for immigration selection while a slim majority support dual citizenship.

I have always felt uncomfortable with allowing refugees to claim Canadian citizenship after a certain period and settle permanently and it seems most Canadians feel the same way. By doing so we invite abuse of the system by unethical individuals who seek to use a humanitarian initiative for immigration purposes and that is exactly what Canada's refugee system has become: another stream for immigration. Most refugee claimants who reach Canada's shores, I strongly believe, are not real refugees but mostly third world middle class economic migrants, among others, scamming the refugee system. Here is the article found in the Toronto Star.

Reception for refugees ranks low

Newcomers' job skills deemed more important than immigrants' status, poll of Canadians finds
Jun 09, 2008 04:30 AM
Lesley Ciarula Taylor
Immigration Reporter


Canadians' vision of themselves as hospitable to people fleeing persecution elsewhere doesn't entirely hold up, a poll for a prestigious think-tank says.

If these people are fleeing persecution then why do so many of them return to their lands of alleged persecution? I would like to see a study that investigates how many refugees return to their homelands after they make a refugee claim. To give an example, the Sri Lankan Tamil community in Canada, the largest outside of Sri Lanka, has a penchant for going back to Sri Lanka after they make a refugee claim. This should beg questions causing us to consider if these people are real refugees at all.

While Canadians champion the idea of allowing skilled workers or separated family members into the country, they are less enthusiastic about refugees, concludes the poll by Nanos Research in Policy Options magazine, published by the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy.

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The poll asked people whether three factors should be important when selecting immigrants. Across Canada, 68.2 per cent chose job skills, 58.8 per cent said family reunification and only 40.1 per cent picked refugee status. The numbers in Ontario were 71.1 per cent, 58.6 per cent and 40.2 per cent.

Because of the Singh Decision of 1985 a refugee is given all the rights of Canadian citizenship except the right to vote. That's why Canada is a favourite target for refugee claimants. They become de facto Canadian citizens just by saying the magic word at the border.

I don't think this is right. They should have protections but not be granted every privelege a Canadian citizen has. Indeed, I don't think landed immigrants should be given every privilege before they have taken their citizenship oath. The automatic granting of these privileges just cheapens Canadian citizenship and makes the oath taking ceremony a perfunctory act all the while cultivating an attitude of entitlement.

I also believe Canada should have a repatriation program. Refugees are not immigrants which is why job skills and language skills are not stressed for these individuals. They are fleeing danger until the coast is clear and when it is it should be expectant upon them to willfully return. Refugees may apply as landed immigrants but this means they will have to get in line like everybody else. But to use the refugee system as an avenue for immigration does this country a disservice and is unfair to all those who apply to come to Canada as landed immigrants. I know the critics will say that this will make refugees second class citizens in which case a solution may be temporary citizenship which they will lose when repatriated.

Also, I don't believe refugees should be allowed to sponsor the importation of family members outside of spouse and dependents. If they claim their family is in danger as well then they can make a refugee claim themselves and let Canada decide that. Right now, not only is the refugee system being abused to get an economic migrant posing as a bogus refugee into a first world nation but it is also being further exploited to get this individual's extended family into the country as well via the family reunification stream. These individuals, like the original refugee claimant, need no pertinent language or job skills. This is why poverty rates are so high within refugee communities like the Sri Lankan Tamil and Somali communities.

Here are the poll results concerning Canadian attitudes towards dual citizenship.

The poll also sought opinions on dual citizenship. Nanos found the majority support it – 51.3 per cent overall and 54.2 per cent in Ontario – surprising, but also a reflection of modern Canada.

"It reflects our multicultural mix," he said. "Most Canadians still believe it is possible to balance being a proud Canadian and holding on to your heritage."

To me that figure of 51.3 per cent is a slim, or bare, majority. Put another way 49.7 per cent oppose dual citizenship. Considering the fact that 20 per cent of Canadians were not born in the country, a people who many live with dual loyalties, that 51.3 per cent figure is arguably influenced by that fact. So we may reasonably say that the majority of Canadians oppose dual citizenship.

I haven't completely made up my mind about dual citizenship even though 50,000 "Canadians" were residing in Lebanon at one time, the largest contingent of foreign nationals for that country which is strange since Canada has no history with Lebanon. Also 250,000 "Canadians" living in Hong Kong is off putting. I think we can still manage a dual citizenship regime but we need to close the loop holes in our tax laws for these individuals.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

From whatever direction you look at this misnamed "refugee system", it appears that all collaborating parties accept this method as a legitimate secondary route into our country.

Neither the "refugee" nor the government wish to say this out loud, so the charade is allowed to carry on. The only people opposed to the misuse of our goodwill are Canadian taxpayers who are forced to pay their bills.

Today's refugee system has been in existence since about 1951, shortly after a major war in Europe where millions of real refugees were in need of our help. Obviously, we're long past the time for a major overhaul, although I'm not expecting action soon.

PaxCanadiana said...

it appears that all collaborating parties accept this method as a legitimate secondary route into our country.

Neither the "refugee" nor the government wish to say this out loud, so the charade is allowed to carry on.


One major reason is that jobs are at stake, including political, as many have made careers out of the refugee system and immigration as well. It is all part and parcel of the immigration industry where goods and services are bought and sold on the international citizenship markets.

Today's refugee system has been in existence since about 1951, shortly after a major war in Europe where millions of real refugees were in need of our help.

Canada was obliged in that case becuase we are culturally similar to Europe. However taking in refugees from culturally dissimilar regions like Asia or Africa makes little sense. It should be incumbent on countries to receive refugees from culturally similar countries. For instance African nations should assist African refugees or India should be front line and centre when it comes to assisting Sri Lankan refugees. It is a joke really that Canada has the highest concentration of Sri Lankan Tamils outside of Sri Lanka and this bespeaks of refugee fraud to me.

In most cases refugees are forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries becuase the majority are poor. It is only the wealthy that are mobile which is why I am convinced that the majority of refugees that reach Canada's shores are middle class economic migrants and not real refugees. They have the money to do so and the wherewithal to scam the system.

Anonymous said...

"If these people are fleeing persecution then why do so many of them return to their lands of alleged persecution? I would like to see a study that investigates how many refugees return to their homelands after they make a refugee claim."

This action alone should be automatic grounds to suspend any further claims for "refugee" status in our country. If they feel safe enough to return to their own country, their original refugee claim should be deemed null and void.

Case closed!

"It should be incumbent on countries to receive refugees from culturally similar countries. For instance African nations should assist African refugees or India should be front line and centre when it comes to assisting Sri Lankan refugees."

If only that were so, Canadians wouldn't be burdened with with the flotsam washing up on our shores every day of the week. We tend to prominently hang our shingle out there inviting every foreign con artist to read the message that says "I'm the sucker nation of the world, please take every possible advantage of me because I have so little respect for myself."

Such a sad commentary of the times for this once great nation.

banallcriminals said...

First, have the guts to register and put your REAL Canadian name on these forums and be proud of it. Second, to even remotely think as "Anonymous" writes that we should not expect any immigration reform "soon" or any point is folly. We all need to be spreading the news that we are organizing a immigration reform movement and would you like to participate to 25 of our friends. The immigration system has been broken since 1986 and Judge Rosalie Abella's insistence that we blindly accept the entire world and all nations to Canada. If you dont support this, then dont let the door hit you on the way out.