Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Admitting To The 'Systemic Abuse' Of Canada's Refugee System Is One Thing. Doing Something About It Is Another.

I was elated to read in the National Post about Canada's current Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's realization that "systemic abuse" may be afoot with our country's refugee system. You can read it for yourself here.

Spike in Canada refugee claims shows 'systemic abuse,' Kenney charges

'An abuse of Canada's generosity'
Steven Edwards, Canwest News Service Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2009


UNITED NATIONS -- Immigration Minister Jason Kenney spoke Tuesday of "wide-scale and almost systematic abuse" of Canada's refugee system after a United Nations report showed a 30% increase in the number of people seeking refugee or asylum status in Canada.

Much of the increase comes from a major rise in the numbers of Mexicans, Haitians and Colombians claiming they'll face persecution if Canada sends them back to their respective countries, the UN says.

That's the typical line. They all say that much like when a car thief is caught breaking in to a car and his excuse is invariably that the car is his but he lost the keys. Sooner or later the story may be true but probability and common sense tells us that more often than not the story is a lie. This, I have come to feel, is the case for many in-land refugee claims.

But the world body also says the United States saw a three per cent drop in the number of people asking for asylum in that country last year.

Overall, the percentage increase for Canada is almost three times the average for 51 countries studied in Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries 2008 by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Got that? As Canada experienced a 30% increase in asylum claims the United States experienced a 3% drop. I guess it's because we are more understanding and civil then those red necked and racist Americans, right? Or is it because everyone in the world knows how stupid and gullible we Canadians really are? The same UN study notes that for Canada "the percentage increase...is almost three times the average for 51 countries". Why is that? Do these other 51 countries know something we don't? Why the remarkable discrepancy? As I said before, everyone in the world knows that if you're going to make a refugee claim Canada is the place to do it.
One difference between the U.S. and Canada is that the States operates a detention system in which applicants can be effectively jailed pending review of their cases, while applicants in Canada are often eligible to apply for a temporary work permit.

"It discourages people from making a claim if they have to stay in jail,"
said David Matas, a refugee lawyer in Winnipeg.

I support the detention of refugees until their identities can be verified and their cases heard and if you truly are fleeing for your life then such a hassle would be worth it in the long run. That being said, the process should be quick. For fake refugees this would be considered an inconvenience coupled with a heightened prospect of detection followed by assured deportation and thus a deterrent. Right now many "refugees" disappear and don't show up for their hearings.
"Canada has witnessed a steady increase in new asylum seekers in the past years, and in 2008 was the second largest recipient of applications," says the report's commentary. "On average, every 10th application in the industrialized world was made in Canada."

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The board's case-approval rate for the past several years has varied between 42% and 46%, but rejected applicants have a slew appeals and other options available to them.

"People . . . whose initial claims are rejected are able to stay in Canada, sometimes for several years, making serial appeals," Mr. Kenney said. "In some cases, it would seem their objective is to stay long enough that they can make a compelling case that it would be uncompassionate for them to be deported."


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"That would suggest wide scale and almost systematic abuse," Kenney said.

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He spoke of a "broad political consensus" that Canada's inland refugee system was "broken."

Critics of Canada's refugee determination system have been saying that for decades going as far back as 1985 with the passing of the Singh decision claiming correctly, as it turns out, that the refugee system would be vulnerable to abuse. If Jason Kenney wants to look for solutions to the problem he should revisit the Singh decision.

It's nice to see Mr. Kenney is waking up to this problem. Now if he will only admit that Canada accepts too many immigrants and reduce the country's intake. Will it happen or is that wishful thinking?

Be sure to visit the National Post and read the comments.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

This Vietnamese criminal story in Calgary is currently making a few waves concerning the fact, than anything short of (fill in the blank) will assure your continued success in any criminal enterprise happening on Canadian soil.

The comments are also worth reading.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Canadians should be clamouring for more stringent entry rules other than the current policies that make us the "sucker nation" of the world.

Ireland among slowest in Europe to grant refugee status.

Anonymous said...

WOW !

1. Get over yourself Canada! when right will be right ?! like the Americans you took someone else land & claim it as yours effectively everyone is an immigrant/refugees & now you want to control this treasure chest (the land) ....

2. Your immigration/refugee system is actually worse than the Americans you abuse the refugees by elongating the process while the poor refugees work pay taxes etc for years and then not even getting a status!

3. You will and for ever be racist and that shows in your refugee (selective) system where white people from countries that clearly doesn't have problems like Hungary or like Serbians ! (who killed the Bosnians) get status easily & where Palestinians don't ! as their struggle is not recognized !

There's so much wrong in your system but time does not permit to list them all & come on in the end you let immigrants (any classes) pay $$$ for a status ! commercial enterprise ! and why is that ? wait you had a freebie in the form for a land and want to squeeze every last drop of it ! wow

Anonymous said...

Tamils roiting in London on the 7th

Tamil gang member returned to Canada on the 6th:

Sri Lankan gang member wins release
Stewart Bell, National Post
Published: Monday, April 06, 2009

The Immigration and Refugee Board approved the release yesterday of a high-ranking Sri Lankan gang member who was deported in 2005 but then brought back to Canada at taxpayers' expense.

Nagalingam Panchalingam, a former enforcer in the AK Kannan gang, has been held in custody since his arrival in Toronto in late February but the IRB said it was prepared to free him under strict conditions.

Two relatives must post $50,000 and Mr. Nagalingam must live under virtual house arrest in Brampton. He is not allowed to visit Scarborough, where his gang fought a bloody turf war. The IRB also said he "must not attend any rallies in support of Tamil causes."

"Basically the member found that the sureties were sufficient [together with a long list of strict conditions] to neutralize the public safety risk and to offset the appearance concerns," said Charles Hawkins, an IRB spokesman.

Mr. Nagalingam is at the centre of a highly unusual refugee case that has angered police, immigration officials and the Conservative government. After coming to Canada as a refugee from Sri Lanka in 1994, Mr. Nagalingam joined AK Kannan, a Toronto street gang responsible for a wave of gun violence in Toronto.

Toronto police have implicated Mr. Nagalingam in the fatal shooting of two teenagers in Scarborough, a meat cleaver attack, the trashing of a Tamil community centre, threats, assaults and credit-card theft.

He was deported four years ago but six weeks ago, the Canadian government flew him back to Toronto. The reason: before he was deported, the government had promised to bring him back if he won a court appeal.

Long after he was deported, his lawyers continued to argue his case and last year they won; the Federal Court ruled that immigration officials had not followed proper procedure when they determined Mr. Nagalingam was a danger to Canadians.

"Unfortunately, we wouldn't even be in this situation if the previous Liberal government hadn't made a sweetheart deal with Nagalingam to bring him back to Canada," said Alykhan Velshi, spokesman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

The government is now attempting to deport Mr. Nagalingam a second time but Liberal MPs have been pushing for a halt to all deportations to Sri Lanka, which is in the final stage of a lengthy civil war.

In the meantime, the IRB said Mr. Nagalingam can be released if he meets the conditions set out in the order. Although under house arrest, he may still leave home for medical and legal appointments.

"We are outraged by the IRB's decision to release Nagalingam from custody," Mr. Velshi said.

"Our government has consistently argued before the IRB that Nagalingam should remain in custody because of the threat he poses to the Canadian public. This is a very problematic decision and we are currently reviewing what options are available to the government.

At an earlier hearing, Mr. Nagalingam said he had decided to start his life over. "Won't I get a chance for me to reform, to start my life again? That's all I am asking for."

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1470759

Anonymous said...

1. Considering science tells us we're all out of Africa, then all peoples are migrants and took "their" land by conquest. Canada/US are founded upon the Right of Conquest, recognised by the UN.

2. You're correct. The refugees should be sent home!

3. Canadians are not obligated, through mass immigration, to fundamentally change the European nature of Canada. It is only racists who wish to displace the European people who are descended from the European founders.

If there's so much wrong why come to Canada? It is only the conceited who believe Canadians cannot manage without them.

PaxCanadiana said...

This Vietnamese criminal story in Calgary is currently making a few waves concerning the fact, than anything short of (fill in the blank) will assure your continued success in any criminal enterprise happening on Canadian soil.

Canada is an attraction for criminals due to its proximity to the U.S. and its gullible refugee system. Vietnamese gangs, Tamil gangs, Asian gangs, South American gangs like MS13, are now established criminal elements in Canada thanks to the IRB.

Perhaps Canadians should be clamouring for more stringent entry rules other than the current policies that make us the "sucker nation" of the world.

If Canadians knew as much about the workings and effects of the immigration system as they do about celebrity gossip and hockey scores then they would.

1. Get over yourself Canada! when right will be right ?! like the Americans you took someone else land & claim it as yours effectively everyone is an immigrant/refugees & now you want to control this treasure chest (the land) ....

So I guess that makes it right for immigrants to do the same to Canadians and Americans. You know, like colonizing their countries with ethnic "communities" (a euphemism for colonies) the way the Europeans did to the indigenous populations.

I'd be careful to use this as a point of argument. It is more of an endorsement for colonialism then it is for immigration. And depending on the individual making it, it can be hypocritical since many immigrants to Canada today speak ill of the European colonization of their homelands yet see no problem when it comes to them doing the same to Canadians. Colonialism is good thing if you're the one benefiting from it.

Your immigration/refugee system is actually worse than the Americans...

Yes it is.

...you abuse the refugees by elongating the process while the poor refugees work pay taxes etc for years and then not even getting a status!

Though it is true that the refugee determination system takes too long this actually works to the benefit of the refugee especially a bogus one. While they are waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for their case to be heard they can use the time to establish themselves in some fashion to argue that removal would be inhumane.

And yes they do pay taxes if they are working but they also use many tax supported services, the most expensive being the health care system. In this case they draw more from the tax system then contribute to it.

You will and for ever be racist and that shows in your refugee (selective) system where white people from countries that clearly doesn't have problems like Hungary or like Serbians ! (who killed the Bosnians) get status easily & where Palestinians don't ! as their struggle is not recognized !

This is just absolute utter nonsense! The large number of Sri Lankan Tamils and Somalis in Toronto alone is enough to illustrate that.

As for the Palestinians I see no reason why Canada should grant them refugee status by virtue of who they are. If they feel that their lives are in danger then why don't they seek refuge in the many Arab nations that support them?

I'm glad you mentioned the Palestinian struggle for a homeland. Why is it noble for them (or Tamils or Tibetans for that matter) to make a claim to a homeland yet when Canadians do the same thing we are racist and should have an open border due to our history whether we wish it or not? Seems hypocritical and self serving to me.

Your writing skills are competent but leave me to suspect that English is not your first language. That being the case then imagine your home country opening its borders to everyone in the world; a move that threatens to place your people, culture, language, into a minority status; where you are effectively replaced by foreign cultures. Would you support that? Wars have been fought to protect what Canadians are expected to willingly surrender.

Anonymous said...

I find the "refugee Reform" topic to be RIDICULOUS!
I am an Immigrant, and as such went through stringent entry requirements prior to coming into Canada.
I moved here as a child, with my family from England.
My father had to leave us alone for in England for 6 months prior to the rest of us following him, he had to have a guaranteed job to come to for 12 months prior to him coming.
A job that could not be immediately filled by a Canadian, hence the 12 month wait, we all, my father, mother, sister and myself had to PASS medicals before being granted entry into Canada.
Also, my mother and father had to show that we would not be a cost to the Government by proving we had adequate fiancial stability to support ourselves should anything happen to the job my father had secured.
Now, to the point.... REFUGEE REFORM! wow. anyone can come here, for free.....
I felt SOOO priveleged as a child to be able to move here from England. I was not oppressed, we were not in danger, we were not being hunted, just moving to another commonwealth country, with the same monarch.
Now look at all the crime.. Murder, Rape, Robbery etc. etc. being commited by people who refuse to learn the language, form communities that illicit hate, people that want NOTHING to do with our culture, choose not to work... Because the REFUGEE REFORM pays these un-appreciative people to be here(you would think, against their will).
Some of whom, NOT ALL, but a good majority, hate our culture, religious views, holiday celebrations etc, to such extent that we are FORCED to change OUR laws and school system because of it, because we are so accomodating, providing you are a REFUGEE, not just an Immigrant.
Dont let those 2 words get mixed up.
I am not, as I said earlier in this note, against Refugees, I am however against the way the government provides a barrier between people that want, even Yearn to move to this Great country and those who come here on the Governments dollar, stays here on the same dollar, does not wish to contribute to this country and does not abide by the laws set forth by and for the people of this great country.
EQUALITY my ass.
I may sound a little bitter but come on...some people in this country litterally get away with murder.
The Concervative Party needs REFORM

Anonymous said...

I say just send all illegitimate refs back to where they came from asap. Border service officers should have the final say as to whether a ref claim should continue or not.