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Quality of refugee decisions in question

posted Jun 25, 2011, 12:31 PM by Milorad Borota
Published On Tue Jun 21 2011 Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter

Canadian visa officers do not always refer to the law when accepting or rejecting refugees awaiting resettlement to Canada, a federal report says.

In fact, more than a third of cases were refused simply because the visa officer did not believe the refugee’s story. No analysis appeared to be made using set criteria that determines refugee status, says the internal report prepared by Citizenship and Immigration Canada staff.

“The record did not always clearly indicate how an application either met or failed to meet the regulatory criteria,” said the 94-page study.

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