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Federal government mulls detaining Roma refugee claimants

posted Aug 18, 2012, 2:44 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Aug 18, 2012, 2:45 PM ]
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The Associated Press Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:04 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 18, 2012 11:02 AM ET

The federal government is prepared to consider detaining Roma refugee claimants unless recent amendments to the refugee system are successful in reducing the number who apply for asylum, newly obtained documents suggest.

A tougher approach may be necessary if a plan to speed up the screening process and block illegitimate claims isn't "aggressive enough" in reducing the number of Roma applicants from Europe, an internal Canada Border Services Agency report says.

"Other deterrent measures being examined include detention for mass arrivals of individuals seeking refugee protection," says the report, which was drafted before before the Conservative government introduced a crackdown in June on bogus refugee claims.