Friday, April 06, 2012

Library of Parliament Legislative Summary of Refugee Act Amendment Bill

The Library of Parliament has published a legislative summary of Bill C-31: An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Many of the proposed reforms are aimed at deterring human smuggling and what the government describes as abuse of Canada’s immigration and refugee system.

There would be mandatory detention for people who enter Canada as part of a smuggling operation.

The Minister of Immigration would also have the authority to designate "countries of origin" from which refugee claims are usually rejected for lack of foundation. Claimants from those countries would be removed more quickly and have fewer avenues of appeal.

It is possible to follow progress of the bill through Parliament on the LEGISinfo website.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 9:40 pm


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