The Canadian government will today unveil a sweeping package of reforms to crack down on refugee fraudsters.
Among other things, Ottawa will make it easier to kick out bogus refugees who travel back to the country they claim they are fleeing from for vacations, and will move to restrict the health-care benefits refugees receive in Canada while they wait for their claims to be processed. In legislation to be tabled today, the Government will make it easier to revoke someone’s refugee status immediately if a refugee claimant heads home for holidays, birthdays or to sponsor other family members. Canadian TV News reported that the new legislation will give the federal government new powers to detain migrants and human smugglers for up to one year or until their identity and status is determined. The network also reported that bogus asylum seekers will remain behind bars until they are deported.
Meanwhile, another group of Sri Lankans who attempted to flee to another country through illegal means as migrants has been arrested in Indonesia. The Gulf Times said Indonesian Naval Police apprehended them from an Indonesian island.