Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s Head Mario Dion has demanded more funds to cater to the legacy refugees in Canada. He added that it is practically impossible to clear the backlog of asylum seekers in Canada with the current resources.
The Head of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada made this demand for extra funds in his interview with Laura Lynch. She is an international reporter with the CBC Radio.
Mario Dion is confronted with the increasing number of refugee seekers to Canada. The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Head also needs to resolve asylum claims that are 5 years sold. He has thus made demands for more resources both human and financial.
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s Head Mario Dion also added that his department’s efficiency has increased. However this was not adequate, said Dion.
The way things have progressed necessitate that additional sources are allocated explained Dion. He elaborated that staff in any department cannot be asked to stretch beyond a certain time limit. The board Chief also made it clear that it was impossible to clear backlogs with the current resources of his department.
Though a review of the refugee system of Canada was recently announced by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, he did not assure any allocation of extra funds. The majority of the backlog of refugees in Canada consists of the legacy refugees.
Almost 5, 500 individuals wait for the hearing of their claims for asylum in Canada. The reason is the fact that they arrived in Canada in 2012. This was just a little before the federal government in Canada declared that fresh refugee claims must be settled in 2 months. As the IRB had to comply with the new rule, it set aside the thousands of existing cases. They have remained there ever since.
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