Canada says there are several human smuggling syndicates actually competing with each other for this business.
Canada’s Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney said they were involved in the arms trade in the Sri Lankan war. However, with the cessation of hostilities, these syndicates have sought a new business line, that is smuggling of human beings.
In an interview with The Globe and Mail he said ‘there’s a very interesting story on who is involved in the smuggling syndicates on the Canadian side. Typically they are only paying about 10 per cent of their 50,000 Dollar fee up front. The Canadian Minister revealed that he had been told, by the Australians for example, that they believe the balance debts are paid off in part by compelling people to take part in criminal activity. This is where they cross the line from smuggling to trafficking’.
The Minister also stated that Canada fundamentally disagrees with Amnesty International’s objection of long detention of refugees. The UN convention does not say anything about detention. The reality is that international law recognizes that governments have the right to detain unidentified migrants, and to enforce their immigration laws. He added that since the arrival of the last vessel to Canada, there has been a very significant drop-off in the public support for immigration and public support for refugee protection in particular.