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Tories say new refugee bill will make it easier to deal with bogus claims

posted Mar 18, 2012, 12:58 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 12:58 PM ]
Published On Thu Feb 16 2012 Bruce Campion-Smith and Nicholas Keung Staff reporters Toronto Star

“We have a serious problem. We are facing a large wave of unfounded asylum claims coming from the European Union in particular,” Kenney said.

Under the changes, Canada will create a list of safe countries of origin, countries considered capable of providing state protection to its citizens.

Refugees from those countries will be fast-tracked through the process — in just 45 days, down from 1,000 days now — with a speedy hearing and they’ll be denied recourse to appeal a negative decision to the refugee appeal division.

And while they’ll be able to still appeal a denial to the Federal Court, no longer will they remain in Canada during that legal process.

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