Court strikes down Ottawa’s ‘safe country’ list for refugees
In a major blow to the Harper government, the Federal Court has struck down its so-called safe country list for refugees as unconstitutional.
In a ruling Thursday, the court said Ottawa’s designation by country of origin or DCO discriminates against asylum seekers who come from countries on this list by denying them access to appeals.
“The distinction drawn between the procedural advantage now accorded to non-DCO refugee claimants and the disadvantage suffered by DCO refugee claimants . . . is discriminatory on its face,” wrote Justice Keith M. Boswell in a 118-page decision.
“It also serves to further marginalize, prejudice, and stereotype refugee claimants from DCO countries which are generally considered safe and ‘non-refugee producing.’
Just yesterday Denmark uncovered a document used by invader smugglers that helps the invaders to compare welfare rates when selecting a country to claim asylum.