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July 14, 2010

The Refugee Attraction to Canada

Only the U.S and France has a higher number of refugee seekers than Canada, but on a per-capita basis in 2008, Canada is the most popular and attractive destination for asylum seekers of the G8 nations. About 34,800 people sought refugee status, or about 1,045 asylum-seekers for every million people in Canada.

This suggests that some are economic migrants, but seeking entry through refugee hearings and appeals due to its lengthy wait times. In Europe, their stricter controls have deterred migrants from crossing the sea to seek refuge there. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s new refugee reform therefore enables a swifter process, where failed claimants have access to a new appeal, but a quick removal if it fails. This enables Canada to have a refugee determination system that is fair and efficient.

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