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Asylum seekers' success rate plunges under Tory government

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Number of refugee claims approved drops 56 per cent amid immigration overhaul

November 2, 2009
Bill Curry
The Globe and Mail

The number of refugees gaining asylum in Canada has dropped dramatically under the Conservatives as new figures reveal the impact of the government's efforts to transform this country's immigration system.

New statistics released by the government show the number of successful claims by refugees living in Canada fell to less than half of what it was when the Conservatives came to office.

The final immigration numbers for 2008 – as well as future projections – come as Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is promising to refocus Canada's refugee system on what the government calls “real victims” rather than migrants seeking to abuse the process.

Mexican woman deported to her death

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October 23, 2009
Nicholas Keung
The Toronto Star

"A woman between the ages of 20 and 30 was found murdered – and with evidence of childbirth – with blows to her body and a bullet in the forehead, a classic revenge from drug trafficking," said a June 5 story in the Mexican newspaper El Informador de Jalisco.

A death certificate later classified the woman's death as a homicide.

What the coroner's office didn't mention was that the 24-year-old murder victim and her mother and sister had twice sought refuge in Canada, in 2004 and 2008, from drug traffickers. The same men are thought to have kidnapped and killed young Grise, leaving the fate of her baby unknown, after she was forced back to Mexico.

Grise's tragic death highlights the need to give refugees a right to appeal when their applications are rejected, say Toronto advocates.

Adil Charkaoui is Free

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Adil Charkaoui

ctvmontreal.ca

Six years after the federal government declared him a terrorist and severely restricted his freedom of movement, Adil Charkaoui is a free man.

On Thursday a federal court revoked his security certificate, and lifted all the other restrictions on Charkaoui.

He celebrated the decision by cutting off the electronic leash he's been forced to wear for years.

"Six years of deprivation of freedom, two years in jail, four years with this bracelet and draconian conditions," said Charkaoui.

Sheikh family separated by Canadian deportation order

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Family ties
July 16th, 2009
Stefan Christoff - thehour.ca

Montreal - Immigration Canada has deported a Pakistani family from Parc Ex.

Sabir Mohammed and his wife Seema Sheikh were deported, while their children Ashrah Sheikh (26), Tayyaba Sheikh (23), Sami Sheikh (21) and Canadian-born Sabrina Sheikh (5 years) will remain in Canada for the time being. Although the Sheikh children aren't immediately facing deportation, an order from Immigration Canada is pending as a judicial review on their file is carried out by immigration authorities.

"What is happening to my family is wrong, and it is good to see that so many people are against this injustice," explained Sheikh just prior to his deportation.

Migrant families challenge immigration application fee

25 June, 2009
Nicholas Keung
IMMIGRATION REPORTER

Should impoverished migrants be exempted from an immigration application fee simply because they can't afford it?

That was the focus of a federal court case in Toronto on Wednesday involving three migrant families who argued that the $550 fee for humanitarian and compassionate applications - a last resort for failed refugee claimants and non-status individuals to stay in Canada - infringes on their constitutional and charter rights.

"The case is about the access to that process," said lawyer Angus Grant, who, along with colleague Andrew Dekany, represented the three families, the Gunthers from Hungary, the Krenas from the Congo and Nell Toussaint, a woman from Grenada.

Tamil refugees face deportation from Canada

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No refuge
June 18th, 2009
Stefan Christoff - thehour.ca

Montreal Tamil refugees face deportation back to Sri Lanka

After months of intense warfare in northern Sri Lanka, thousands of Tamil civilians are dead and tens of thousands more displaced - many to Sri Lankan military-controlled displacement camps.
Now Tamil refugees in Montreal fear they will be deported back to Sri Lanka, and an uncertain future.

Although the federal government expressed "dismay and displeasure" over the Sri Lankan government's refusal last week to allow Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae to enter Sri Lanka, they continue to deport Tamil refugees in Canada.

"Today the situation in Sri Lanka for Tamils is very bad. Canada is going to send me back to war and a government in Colombo that doesn't respect my rights as a Tamil," says Ratnam Thurai, a Tamil refugee who faces deportation.

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