The rejection price for everlasting residency functions on humanitarian and compassionate grounds has risen sharply over the previous couple of years, in line with lately launched figures.
“These choices had been accomplished quietly behind closed doorways and there’s little public accountability on this opaque and discretionary course of,” stated NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan.
Canada permits some individuals who wouldn’t normally meet the factors for everlasting residency to use on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, that are thought-about on a case-by-case foundation in line with elements corresponding to how settled somebody is right here or the very best pursuits of youngsters.
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In keeping with information the Immigration Division supplied in response to an order paper query from Kwan this spring, the speed of functions refused after processing ranged from 35 to 41 per cent between 2016 and 2019. These figures don’t embody functions that had been withdrawn.
In 2020, the rejection price rose to 57 per cent, although the whole variety of functions processed – 7,835 – elevated by simply 11 per cent, which was a smaller soar than the prior 12 months.
The 2021 figures, which solely embody as much as Feb. 28, present the speed of functions refused climbed to 70 per cent of the 4,180 processed within the first two months of this 12 months.
“The Liberal authorities should present solutions to why there’s such a big soar in refusals and take rapid motion to rectify this,” Kwan stated in an announcement.
The Immigration Division didn’t reply Tuesday when requested concerning the rising price.
Syed Hussan, government director of Migrant Employees Alliance for Change, stated humanitarian and compassionate grounds is the one choice out there to undocumented migrants who need to apply for everlasting residency in Canada.
He stated that additionally makes it the one possible way for undocumented migrants to entry training and well being care and urged the federal authorities to offer standing to all migrants within the nation.
“We see that the one program that does exist for undocumented individuals is rejecting individuals at historic charges,” he advised a digital information convention Tuesday.
He stated he doesn’t suppose any slowdowns associated to the COVID-19 pandemic clarify the change, as a result of the variety of functions processed has gone up.
“We don’t know what’s occurring. We don’t know why it’s occurring. There was no coverage change, no public announcement, no change in authorized instances, however rejection charges have elevated,” he stated. “It’s on the federal authorities to clarify.”
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