“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 | CIReport.ca.
“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.
“Berlin dpa – The tally of people seeking political asylum in Germany soared last year by one third, compared to the previous year, with official data on Thursday highlighting growing arrivals of Roma people from the Balkans.” via 1ST LEAD Roma in focus as refugee applications in Germany surge by one third By Jean-Baptiste Piggin, … Continue reading
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
““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 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
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
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.
Here’s hoping Hohots gets his just deserts and that this will put pressure on incompetent immigration consultants to stop their predatory practices…. “A Toronto lawyer who’s listed as the counsel on record in hundreds of Roma refugee cases is facing disciplinary proceedings at the Law Society of Upper Canada for failing to “adequately prepare” a … Continue reading
“Dear Minister Alexander, I have a confession: Two weeks ago, I treated a refugee claimant. At the time I did not feel I had done anything wrong — in fact I felt good about the care I provided. After hearing your recent interviews, however, I can’t help but feel physically ill about the catastrophe I … Continue reading