Canada intends to toughen its laws on granting asylum in order to restrict what it views as a “flood” of “bogus” immigrants from Eastern Europe. Canadian Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney submitted the amendment to the Canadian Parliament on Thursday 16 February.
The Czech authorities expect this change to lead to a lifting of the visa requirement renewed by Canada for citizens of the Czech Republic in 2009. At that time, Canada justified its decision by referring to the high number of Czech asylum seekers coming to the country, most of whom were Romani. According to a statement released by the Canadian Embassy in Prague last November, the new asylum system would be launched this June and would make it possible for Czechs to travel to Canada without visas once more.