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Canada Rolls Back Refugee Protection: Bill C-31 receives Royal Assent | Canadian Council for Refugees

“Canadian Council for Refugees

Media release

For immediate release

29 June 2012

Canada Rolls Back Refugee Protection: Bill C-31 receives Royal Assent;

Canadian Council for Refugees Calls for “Earned Regularization Program” for Refugee Backlog

Adoption of Bill C-31

Yesterday, Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, received royal assent and became law. The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) is concerned about the new law’s grave consequences for the protection of refugee rights in Canada.

“Our fears that this legislation, creating a two-tier system of refugee protection in Canada, would be adopted have now been realized,” said Wanda Yamamoto, CCR President.  “Our refugee system needs to ensure a full, fair and independent decision process to decide who is a refugee, based on the facts of their case and regardless of their countries of origin. The new system is vulnerable to political considerations, while the rhetoric about ‘bogus refugees’ in public pronouncements about the bill has been shameful.”

Since Bill C-31 was introduced on February 16, 2012, legal experts and organizations working with refugees from across the country have expressed grave concerns about the proposed changes. These include: tight timelines without adequate time to prepare for the steps in the process; provision for ‘Designated Countries of Origin’; mandatory detention without sufficient independent review for ‘Irregular Arrivals’; and denial of an effective appeal.  ”

via Canada Rolls Back Refugee Protection: Bill C-31 receives Royal Assent | Canadian Council for Refugees.

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