Border services set quota for stripping refugee status

Generic images showing Canada Border Services Agency distributed by CBSA. (CBSA/QMI Agency)

Generic images showing Canada Border Services Agency distributed by CBSA. (CBSA/QMI Agency)

Daniel Proussalidis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:44 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Canada Borders Services Agency (CBSA) is beefing up efforts to strip refugee status from those who don’t qualify by setting a new target for how many such cases it will deal with annually.

“This is a first,” immigration lawyer Richard Kurland said Thursday. “I’ve never seen disclosure of a quota for stripping refugee status.”

Kurland provided QMI Agency with a CBSA operational bulletin from last September obtained through an Access to Information request.

“The CBSA has committed to referring a minimum of 875 vacation or cessation cases per year for the duration of this initiative to the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the (Immigration and Refugee Board),” officials said in the bulletin.

CBSA officers can recommend someone’s refugee status be “vacated” if a refugee lied to officials or withheld information.


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