According to government data obtained by Reuters, Justin from Canada has gone against his promise to welcome refugees by deporting them back to war-torn countries.
Despite promising asylum to refugees fleeing “persecution, terror & war,” the Canadian government has deported 249 people to war-torn countries between January 2014 and September 6, 2017.
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The majority of those deported, 134 asylum-seekers, were sent to Iraq while 62 were sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo and 43 to Afghanistan.
2016 saw 51 deportations to Iraq, a large difference from the 22 people sent to the middle-eastern war zone in 2014. The number of those deported to Iraq in 2017 stands at 35.
Reuters reports Canada has the right to deport people who are not citizens if they commit a criminal act, don’t comply with immigration laws or exhaust attempts to find a perminent residency.
Canada is also able to deport people to unsafe countries or regions if they commit a crime, pose a security risk or commit human rights violations.
According to Canada Border Services Agency spokeswoman Patrizia Giolti, the decision to remove someone from Canada is not taken lightly.”
While speaking to Reuters she added, “everyone ordered removed from Canada is entitled to due process before the law, and all removal orders are subject to various levels of appeal.”
The Canada Council for Refugees, however, claims the appeal process in the country is limited, resulting in little hope for those that face deportation.
According to the Canadian representative for the United Nations’ High Commission on Refugees, the organization has suggested that countries refrain from deporting people to Iraq due to the conflict in the country.
“The responsibility is on the state sending people back to those countries to make sure… that those people will not become internally displaced within their own country and dependent on humanitarian aid,” Jean-Nicholas Beuze said.
The news of the deportations comes less than a month after the Canadian government released data showing a large influx of illegal immigrants arriving in the country from the United States. 3,100 crossed the border into Canada in July due to worries about President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) has said the increase in illegal immigration to 3,100 people in July from 884 people in June is “unsustainable.”
“The IRB had to make adjustments to be in a position to respond to the current situation that is clearly unsustainable,” Anna Pape, an IRB spokeswoman, told Reuters at the time.
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 3,800 asylum-seekers were arrested crossing into Quebec during the first 15 days of August. The Canadian government has since launched a campaign warning migrants that applying for asylum does not guarantee approval.
“Asking for asylum in Canada is not a guarantee for permanent residence in Canada, and it’s extremely important we stress that,” said immigration ministry spokesman Louis Dumas.
Justin from Canada has said, through a spokesman, the government has been consistent on the issue of asylum seekers.
“Canada welcomes immigrants… that said, there are laws and processes in place for people seeking asylum and our government is sending a clear message,” the spokesman said.
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