"We accept about 50 per cent of people who manage to reach our soil and make refugee claims. The average for other countries is around 15 per cent, so your chances of getting accepted in Canada are much greater," Collacott told CTV's Canada AM from Vancouver on Thursday morning.
"And even if you're turned down, the chances are we won't be able to remove you. We remove a few, but we've had people who have been turned down 20 years ago, but are still appealing."
Refugees are given state-funded lawyers, welfare and health care, which leaves the Canadian system as "the Rolls Royce of claiming refugee status," Collacott said.
For Tamil people, Canada is an especially desirable destination because of its large Tamil population and the high-rate of success for Tamil migrants over the years.
"We took 37,000 refugee claimants from Sri Lanka over one 15-year period, more than from any other country in the world," Collacott said.
"Our acceptance rates were much higher. In 2003, for example, Britain accepted 2 per cent of claims from Sri Lankan Tamils; Germany, 4 per cent; Canada, 76 per cent. So, if you can get to Canada to make your claim, it's like winning the lottery."
It still boggles my mind why Sri Lankan Tamil refugee claims are given so much credence and enjoy a scandalously high acceptance rate in this country in comparison to others. What does the U.K. and Germany know about Sri Lanka that they are comfortable with only accepting 2 per cent and 4 per cent of asylum claims from that country respectively? Is racism to blame or is Canadian hubris making us stupid and susceptible to con artists?
Hat tip to Canadian Immigration Report.