crrns_control December 24, 2017

Canada encourages immigration to all people, whether from Egypt or around the world, to stay or study or invest as a means of ensuring population growth, Canadian Ambassador to Egypt Jess Dutton told Egypt’s Almal newspaper on December 20, 2017.

“Egypt is characterized by a high rate of population growth, and therefore immigration can contribute to an increase in population in Canada”, he added.

In a multi-year immigration plan tabled by the Liberal Party in early November, one million new immigrants will be admitted to Canada over the next three years. The number of immigrants will increase from 300,000 to 310,000 in 2018, to 330,000 in 2019 and to 340,000 in 2020.

When asked why Canada is increasing its immigration quotas while many western countries are tightening them, Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen told the CBC that immigration is a “great tool for economic growth” which will help Canada address its demographic challenges. He called the 3-year immigration plan “the most ambitious” plan in recent history.

On June 1, 2017, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada announced that asylum seekers from Egypt, Afghanistan, Burundi and Yemen will eligible to claim refugee status in Canada by skipping lengthy judicial hearings. Syria, Iraq and Eritrea were already on the list of the Policy on the Expedited Processing of Refugee Claims, which was first introduced on September 18, 2015.

The purpose of the policy is to meet Canada’s mandate to make refugee status determination from certain countries fair and quick by accepting claims without a hearing in some circumstances. If the there are no issues relating to the claimant’s identity, no credibility issues that arise from the documents in the file, and information given by the asylum seeker is consistent with information about their country of nationality, their application may be decided without a hearing.

The designation of the seven countries as being suitable for consideration under the expedited process is based on the recent acceptance rate for claims, the fact that claims do not generally involve complex issues, and the volume of cases from those designated countries heard by the Refugee Protection Division.

Once asylum seekers have been identified as being eligible under the expedited policy, they will be notified that their claim has been selected and will be asked to provide supporting documents, if desired. The claimants will be able to sign a confirmation form certifying that they do not wish to provide any requested documents for the purpose of the expedited process. A member of the Immigration and Refugee Board will then either accept the refugee claim without a hearing based on the evidence in the file, or will make a determination to schedule a hearing if he or she cannot make a positive decision base on the existing evidence.

In September of 2015, in order to meet the target of resettling 10,000 Syrians and 23,000 Iraqis by the end of the year, the Government of Canada temporarily reduced the documentation required for the refugee sponsorship process and that going forward, “unless there is evidence to the contrary, visa officers will be able to presume those fleeing the conflict meet the definition of refugee, which will make processing faster”.