Canada Adds 8 More Countries To The List Of ‘Safe’ Nations That May Not Produce Lawful Asylum Seekers

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 15, 2013 8:51 PM EST

Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney Thursday declared that eight more countries have been added to a list of other 27 so called 'safe' nations that are unlikely to produce legitimate asylums seekers.

The refugee claimants from those countries will face tougher asylum rules.

Mexico, Israel, Australia, Japan, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand and Switzerland were the new countries to the designated countries list which earlier included most countries in the European Union (EU), Croatia and the United States.

The expansion of the list to 35 is a part of the Canadian new asylum system that came into effect December 15.

"Our new system provides protection more quickly to genuine refugees, while removing individuals whose claims are rejected from the country faster," said the minister in a press release Thursday.

"Faster processing of asylum claims from generally safe countries is an essential feature of Canada's new faster and fairer refugee system," he added.

While being strict with the immigration system, the immigration minister in recent weeks said that Canadian with dual citizenships should be stripped off if any of them are involved in terrorist activities.

The comment comes following the news that a terror suspect in Bulgaria bus bomb blast was carrying a Canadian passport.

"Canadian citizenship is predicated on loyalty to this country and I cannot think of a more obvious act of renouncing one's sense of loyalty than going and committing acts of terror," said the minister.

 According to a refugee flow statistics released by Human Rights Research and Education Centre of Ottawa University, the flow of refugee to Canada in 1090s largely remained stable, at around 25,000 new claims per year.

Since 2001, because of the U.S. terrorist attack, the flow had gone up and down but in recent years, it has seen a dramatic change.

In 2010, Canada gave immigration to 7033 refugees while in 2011, it granted immigration to 4821 refugees from China, Mexico and others. 

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