Crackdown on failed refugees will save $1.6B

Conservative Member of Parliament Chris Alexander speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill...

Conservative Member of Parliament Chris Alexander speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:48 PM ET

OTTAWA - The feds' tightening up of the refugee claims process has saved Canadian taxpayers more than $600 million and is expected to rise to $1.6 billion over five years.

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced Wednesday that changes to the system, introduced last year, are paying off and that new asylum claims from safe countries - which were previously clogging up an already complicated system - had dropped to historic lows.

"By reducing the number of unfounded clams, we are able to focus our resources on refugees who truly need Canada's protection."

Failed refugee claims from countries that produced high numbers of unfounded claims dropped by 87%. Claims from Hungary, which produced unusually high rates of abandoned claims, were reduced by a whopping 97%.


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