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Immigration cuts mean some more likely to die before reaching Canada: lawyer

posted Feb 10, 2011, 10:07 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 3:17 PM ]
By Suzanne Fournier, Postmedia News February 10, 2011

VANCOUVER — Vancouver's Asian community is furious over allegations Immigration Canada is planning to dramatically reduce the number of visas issued this year for family reunification.

The reduction in visas in 2011 cuts to the heart of Asian and South Asian families, who especially cherish the contribution of elders to family life.

Seniors are being sentenced to a 13-year wait that many of them won't survive, say immigration experts.


Immigration Canada is planning for "fewer immigrant visas overall, a reduction from 230,450 in 2010 to 217,800 visas in 2011, a drop of over five per cent," noted Vancouver immigration lawyer Richard Kurland, who obtained the data under an Access to Information request.

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By Brenda Hamilton, The Province February 15, 2011 
I was happy to see the changes in immigration policy with regard to reducing the numbers of immigrants under the family reunion plan and increasing the amount of immigrants under the entrepreneur plan. It shows that the government is finally listening to its citizens, and makes good economic sense.