Bogus refugees target Ontario By TOM GODFREY, QMI Agency November 8, 2010
TORONTO - About 440 failed refugees from the U.S. are streaming to Ontario's border crossings each month to file claims in a bid to avoid deportation, federal statistics show.
Bogus refugees from the U.S. accounted for 3,100 claimants who arrived at Pearson airport or border crossings from January to July of this year, according to immigration department figures obtained by QMI Agency.
The statistics reveal that even 300 U.S. citizens made refugee claims for asylum in Canada during that time.
Most of these American citizen "refugees" will be fugitives from justice of one kind or another. The other 2800 refugees are foreigners who might be deported from American and think they might have a better chance with Canada's refugee system:
Federal officials said there's little they can do to stop the refugee wave.
Immigration department spokesman Karen Shadd said an officer receiving a refugee claim can assess if it is eligible to be referred for a hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). It can take longer than a year for the IRB to determine whether a claimant requires protection.
Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis said "every time there is a downturn in the economy people seek a better life in Canada and other countries.
"Canada has a strong economy and is a target for people wanting to have a better life," Karygiannis said. "In Europe the economy is at an all-time low."
He said many Romas from Eastern Europe are moving here for a better life.