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Notes detail Canada-U.S. plan to track refugees, travellers

posted Aug 18, 2012, 11:11 AM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Aug 18, 2012, 11:11 AM ]
The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 11, 2012 11:37 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 11, 2012 11:58 AM ET

Canada and the United States plan to join forces in order to better deal with "irregular flows" of refugees that turn up in North America or migrate within the continent, newly declassified documents show.

By 2014, the two countries will also begin routinely sharing biometric information about travellers, such as fingerprints.

And Canada is laying the groundwork for legislative and regulatory changes that will require all travellers — including Canadian and U.S. citizens — to present a secure document such as a passport or enhanced driver's licence when entering Canada.

The initiatives are described in Citizenship and Immigration briefing notes that flesh out the Canada-U.S. security agreement announced late last year.