Kenney facing off refugees, say advocates

By setting up overseas claimants as more genuine than those who apply in Canada, refugee groups say Mr. Kenney misses the real problem.

UN Photo: Olivia Grey Pritchard
Canada resettled 10,804 refugees, like these in Sudan, from overseas last year. The Immigration and Refugee Board, meanwhile, accepted 7,554 claims made inside the country, and rejected 6,800. More than 54,000 cases were pending at the end of 2008.
Laura Payton
Published: Wednesday, 09/30/2009 12:00 am EDT

Faith-based and community refugee advocates say Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is pitting overseas asylum seekers against those already in Canada, and focusing too much on where their claims are made rather than on their validity.

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