Refugee claims hit ‘historic low’ as Ottawa’s policy faces fresh criticism

The Globe and Mail

The number of people claiming refugee status in Canada reached what Ottawa calls a “historic low” in 2013 after it brought in changes to speed up the program by deterring applicants from safer countries.

The changes remain unpopular with refugee advocates who say valid claims are being brushed aside. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has also lashed out at Ontario, one of many provinces continuing to provide health care for claimants who Ottawa says want to “game the system.”

Refugee claims hit ‘historic low’ as Ottawa’s policy faces fresh criticism – The Globe and Mail.

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