“Safe” Countries List Announced, Refugees From These Countries Will Not Be Able To Appeal

According to this CBC article, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced the 27 “safe” countries alluded to in refugee Bill C-31, which was deemed highly controversial and criticized by human rights associations including Amnesty International. hi-kenney-dec-852-01708962-8col

As per the bill, these countries are deemed “safe” because there are a large number of refugee claims that are denied by the government, meaning a large number of “bogus” claims according to the government. In other words, these countries “shouldn’t” be producing refugees in the government’s eyes.

The list’s official name is the Designated Country of Origin List, and the countries all have a refugee claim rejection rate of over 75 per cent.

If someone from one of these countries makes a claim, they will be subject to:

Having less time before their hearing to prepare.
Not being able to appeal their denied refugee claim before the Immigration and Refugee Board.
Having 45 days until their hearing after making their claim.
Being deported from Canada faster after having a refugee claim rejected.
They may be able to appeal for a judicial review upon refusal or their refugee claim, but they can still face deportation before they have a chance to.
They will not be able to obtain emergency or basic health care.

According to critics, Hungary alone has more refugee claims in Canada than China, North Korea or Iran combined.

For more, click here.

List of “safe” countries:

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden United Kingdom and the United States.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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