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Understanding the “First Safe Country” Concept and Why it’s Obsolete

  Understanding the “First Safe Country” Concept and Why it’s Obsolete Until the Syrian refugee crisis, it was accepted by those who practice refugee law that a claimant’s failure to make a claim in the First Safe Country—also known as Forum Shopping—could be interpreted by decision makers as evidence that a claimant lacked a subjective…
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Remembering the Komagata Maru

A momument now stands to commemorate the Komagata Maru which stands out as one of the earliest examples of a rigid Canadian Immigration policy which denied entry.  After remaining at port for months the ship was eventually forced to return to India where upon arrival a conflict with British  soldiers resulted in many deaths.

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Levine gives interview to CTV regarding Taiwan smuggling ring

In an interview on CTV Express today Mr. Levine discussed a recent article in the Taiwan Times which reported that a massive smuggling ring was recently discovered operating in Taiwan.  The discovery of the ring was a result of an international effort involving authorities from Taiwan, Canada and Australia.  The smuggling ring had been sending…
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‘Extreme hostility’ between lawyer-judge mars refugee hearing

A refugee claimant was handed a reprieve on his removal from Canada because of an angry blow-up between his lawyer and the immigration judge, a feud betraying such animosity the Federal Court ruled the bewildered client could not have expected an unbiased hearing. The decision raises the spectre of the “automatic disqualification” of judges to…
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Government of Canada Introduces the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act

Ottawa, June 20, 2012 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, introduced legislation today to expedite the removal of foreign criminals from Canada and to enhance the safety and security of Canadians. The Harper Government is putting a stop to foreign criminals relying on endless appeals in order to delay their…
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News Release — Canada announces plans to resettle more Bhutanese refugees

Ottawa, June 20, 2012 — Canada’s plan to welcome up to 500 more Bhutanese refugees was unveiled today by Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, as World Refugee Day is celebrated around the world. “In May 2007, the government committed to resettling up to 5,000 Bhutanese refugees who had been living for nearly…
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Health groups urge Ottawa to save refugee services

The heads of several of Canada’s leading health-care organizations have written a strongly worded letter to the federal immigration minister, urging him to rescind plans to cut health services to refugees and refugee claimants. “We are extremely concerned over the health impacts that this will have on the most vulnerable members of our society, many…
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CIC News Release — Amendments to the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act

  Ottawa, May 9, 2012 — Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney today announced that the Government is proposing amendments to Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act.  “Over the past few weeks, I’ve listened to parliamentarians and witnesses,” said Minister Kenney. “We have always said that we were open to amendments that…
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CIC News Release — Private partners join Federal Internship for Newcomers Program

  Ottawa, May 10, 2012 — The Government of Canada is expanding its internship program for newcomers to include private sector companies, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. CGI Group Inc., a leading provider of information technology and business process services, and CIBC, a leading Canadian-based financial institution, will partner with CIC…
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Conservatives bow to pressure, amend parts of controversial refugee bill

OTTAWA—The Conservative government proposed amendments to a controversial newrefugee bill on Wednesday, but critics say they still have major concerns with the legislation. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney admitted he was prompted to introduce some changes toBill C-31 by months of outrage from refugee advocacy groups and Opposition critics. “I believe it’s not right for the government to…
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Kenney amends controversial refugee bill

CBC News Immigration minister bends to pressure, dials back detention provisions in omnibus bill By Louise Elliott, CBC News Posted: May 9, 2012 11:46 AM ET Last Updated: May 9, 2012 6:06 PM ET Read 94 comments94 Facebook 111 Twitter 7 Share 118 Email Related Related Stories NDP says government considering splitting budget bill Who…
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Failed candidates for Canada’s refugee judge jobs get third chance

Canada refugee board employees who failed an earlier exam to become refugee judges in a revamped asylum system are being given a third chance at the job, the Star has learned. According to an internal memo obtained by the Star, the Immigration and Refugee Board has just launched a third competition to fill the 105…
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Marian Girgis of Levine Associates comments in Toronto Star interview about cohabitation agreements

 

When Maria Prieto and her boyfriend James Agnew decided to buy a condo and move in together three years ago, Agnew suggested the pair get a cohabitation agreement.

Prieto admitted she didn’t know what that meant, but once it was explained to her she agreed to it right away…

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Canadian refugee decisions hinge on presiding judge, says report

Ottawa should rethink its plan to ban certain refugees from appeals in light of a new report that suggests asylum outcomes very much depend on which refugee judge presides on the case, says the study’s author. York University law professor Sean Rehaag examined all 34,204 decisions made in 2011 by the 148 refugee judges appointed…
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Tories say new refugee bill will make it easier to deal with bogus claims

OTTAWA—The federal government is overhauling Canada’s overloaded and “broken” refugee system to put questionable refugee claimants on a fast-track back to their homelands. Read full article in the Toronto Star

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Refugee reforms include fingerprints, no appeals for some

New, tougher reforms to refugee legislation that hasn’t yet come into force are already drawing fire from critics who say they give Canada’s immigration minister too much power and risk the lives of claimants.

Bill C-31, introduced Thursday by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, toughens the measures taken in the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, a compromise bill passed under a Conservative minority government. That earlier bill has yet to be implemented. It was due to be up and running by June 29.

 

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Shelley Levine quoted in regard to IRB adjudicator rebuked by court for refusing man who failed Catholic ‘trivia’

The task of separating the devout from the fraudsters among those claiming refugee status in Canada for religious persecution cannot be divined by peppering someone with “trivia” questions, the Federal Court has ruled.

The judicial chastising of the way an Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator tried to ferret out bogus refugees stems from the case of a man who fled China saying he fears persecution for being a Roman Catholic. He was refused because of his answers to questions about Catholic tradition.”

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Fluctuations in refugee rulings trouble critics

Some critics call it a lottery, others call it Russian roulette.

A CBC News analysis shows dozens of members of the Immigration and Refugee Board are overwhelmingly refusing claims for asylum in Canada, while others are overwhelmingly approving them.

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