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Czech Roma asylum seeker denied refugee status

“Would a Czech Roma asylum seeker be so desperate to get accepted in Canada that she’d carve two swastikas in her back to fool a refugee judge?” via Gypsy/Roma community |

Bill C-585 to ban refugees from social assistance | Metro

“A Conservative MP’s private member bill is quietly making its way through the legislature and, if passed, could exclude refugees from accessing any social assistance.” Read more: via Bill C-585 to ban refugees from social assistance | Metro.

The Campaign to End Immigration Detention – 1 year in | End Immigration Detention

From No One Is Illegal: “On September 17th 2013, 191 one hundred and ninety one immigration detainees held in the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario, began a non-cooperation protest.They went on hunger strike and at first demanded better prison conditions. Soon the strikers demands expanded to the entire immigration detention system that detains … Continue reading

Trafficking in Persons for Forced Labour: Backgrounder | Canadian Council for Refugees

Here is a backgrounder on human trafficking and how recent changes to Canada’s immigration system makes more migrants vulnerable to extreme exploitation. Excerpts: “In recent years, Canada has increasingly shifted its focus from permanent to more precarious temporary immigration. More workers are now being brought into Canada on a temporary basis with fewer rights than other … Continue reading

Detained refugees treated worse than criminals: lawyer

““I think the public has long ago … come to see refugees as fake, number one, and criminals, number two,” Rankin said. “I think you’re far better off as a criminal in Canada than being a … refugee in Canada.”” Read more via Detained refugees treated worse than criminals: lawyer.

Summer roundup: news stories from Canada and Europe

Summer roundup Discrimination never goes on vacation… Here’s a roundup of some big (and/or interesting) stories over these past three summer months about Roma in Canada and Europe. But what did we miss? Post your links and thoughts in the comments section. News from Canada: Supreme Court rules that cuts to refugee health care are … Continue reading

Federal Court allows more latitude for refugee appeals – Politics – CBC News

Potentially good news for refugees in Canada.  “The Federal Court is giving refugees a broader basis for appeals, telling Canadas Refugee Appeal Division that it can overturn a decision based on the merits of the case, rather than only if there was a mistake in the legal process.” via Federal Court allows more latitude for … Continue reading

Kenney Disrupted! Jason Kenney interrompu! Full Immigration Status Now! – YouTube

  via Kenney Disrupted! Jason Kenney interrompu! Full Immigration Status Now! – YouTube.

Hungarian City Set to ‘Expel’ Its Roma –

Editor’s note:  Miskolc is one of the main cities of origin of Hungarian Roma refugee claimants who have come to Canada in search of sanctuary.  Many have now returned, either via deportation or because they have given up on their refugee claims in the face of dim prospects of acceptance.  Recall how in October 2012, then-Minister of Immigration Jason … Continue reading

Simply being Roma from Hungary is not proof of persecution, refugee judge rules | National Post

Infuriating. “The Federal Court of Canada has rejected the refugee claim of a Hungarian man of Roma background by dismissing the portrayal of sweeping, generalized persecution against the Roma in his homeland.” via Simply being Roma from Hungary is not proof of persecution, refugee judge rules | National Post.

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