The Canadian government has announced they will pay some failed refugee claimants up to CAD$2,000 to leave the country and will also pay for a one-way plane ticket.
pilot project, run by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the
International Organization for Migration (IOM), was launched last week in the
Greater Toronto Area. The IOM has been in charge of implementing similar
projects in other countries.
The Assisted Voluntary Return and
Reintegration pilot program is available for refugee claimants whose
applications have been rejected and whose appeals have failed. While it is up to
the CBSA to enforce their removal, the federal government is now providing an
incentive for them to leave without the necessity of enforcement action. CBSA
hopes that more failed refugee claimants will choose to leave voluntarily so
that the government does not have to intervene to forcibly remove them from
Eligible refugee claimants will receive a one-way plane ticket
back to their country of origin and up to CAD$2,000. The money, however, is to
be used to help the unsuccessful refugee claimant find a job, set up a business
or go back to school.
"A voluntary return offers you a way to return home
with support, dignity and anonymity," CBSA said.
The amount of money you
will receive depends on the current stage in the appeal process following your
initial rejection. You will receive the maximum amount if you have not as yet
started the appeal process. Applicants are eligible for the full $2,000 if they
apply before going to the federal court for a review of the decision, $1,500 if
they apply before asking for a pre-removal risk assessment and $1,000 if they
have already made that application and received a decision.
As an added
incentive until July 13, applicants will be eligible for the full $2,000 even if
they have already filed appeals.
However, critics have described the
scheme as a "bribe" to keep refugee cases away from the courts.
is to incentive people to execute their own removal order, which in principle, I
don't really have a problem with," Toronto immigration lawyer
Joel Sandaluk claimed. "Except for the fact that … what it is also doing is
incentivizing people not to seek judicial review of the refugee board's decision
in federal court."
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