Canada 'No guarantees' asylum seekers will get refugee status, Quebec premier points out

19:36  12 august  2017
19:36  12 august  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

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Many refugees and asylum seekers hope to return home at some point in the future if the situation in their country has The 1951 Refugee Convention guarantees everybody the right to apply for asylum . The UK asylum system is strictly controlled and complex. It is very difficult to get asylum .

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'No guarantees' asylum seekers will get refugee status, Quebec premier points out © Jason Franson/Canadian Press 'No guarantees' asylum seekers will get refugee status, Quebec premier points out

In an attempt to assuage concerns about asylum seekers, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says there are "no guarantees" the people who have recently been crossing the Canada-U.S. border illegally in droves will be granted refugee status.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page Friday night, Couillard attempted to provide clarifications about the influx of people showing up at an illegal border crossing near Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que. and how the government is handling it.

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Detention. Some asylum seekers are detained at the point when they make the application and are put into what is called the Detained Fast Track (DFT). Checks are carried out by UKVI to assess the applicant’s refugee status , need for resettlement, family status , and whether they pose a security risk.

Many refugees and asylum seekers hope to return home at some point in the future if the situation in their country has improved. The 1951 Refugee Convention guarantees everybody the right to apply for asylum . Asylum seekers do not get large handouts from the state.

He acknowledged how delicate the situation is, and said it's Quebec's duty to ensure they are treated with compassion and dignity as they wait to see if they will be accepted as refugees.

But he also said it was "sad that these very vulnerable people are being convinced that being admitted to Canada and here in Quebec as a refugee would be simple, even automatic. It's not. There exists no guarantee that refugee claims will be accepted, considering the strict rules that govern them."

  • Read his full statement, in French, here

The number of asylum seekers showing up at the crossing has been increasing in recent weeks. As many as 1,200, mainly of Haitian origin, were waiting to be processed at the border Friday.

Many of them may be basing their decision to flee on misleading and false information depicting Canada as a safe haven, posted to WhatsApp, Facebook groups and other social media.

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Officials in Canada, from Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale, have also said that asylum seekers are subject to the same laws and procedures as others when it comes to their refugee claims.

Goodale has warned that irregular border crossings are not a "free ticket to stay in Canada."

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More clarifications from Couillard

In his statement, Couillard said the refugee claimants have no impact on those already waiting to be accepted as immigrants to Quebec.

He also said no compromises have been made when it comes to ensuring security and health of Canadians.

Couillard appealed to what he called the "deep sense of equality and compassion" he's seen displayed by Quebecers.

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If you’ve claimed asylum and been given refugee status , Asylum Support will stop 28 days after the decision. stop getting your cash allowance (usually £36.95 per week). have to move house - if you’ve been given somewhere to live as an asylum seeker .

The Geneva Convention does not guarantee asylum - seekers the right to be granted refugee status , even if they fulfil the conditions to be considered refugees ; this remains at state discretion.

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He said the government is aware of its increased responsibility in this situation and asked that everyone — regular citizens and politicians alike — refrain from making misleading statements that could complicate an already complex situation.

That comment appeared to be a not-so-subtle dig at Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault, who on Wednesday made comments Couillard described as "fear-mongering."

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As Quebec takes measures to accommodate a surge of asylum seekers crossing into the province from the United States, the province's right-leaning party says the border could become a "sieve." "Canada is compelled to handle asylum claims, and Quebec is obliged to handle it," said Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault in a Facebook post.

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