How Numbers Can Lie… Approximately 50% of refugee claims rejected after spike in crossings

OTTAWA — About half of the asylum claims heard so far from those who’ve crossed the Canada-U.S.. border since July have been rejected, the Immigration and Refugee Board said Tuesday.

But the actual number of cases the board has heard since then is a mere fraction of the 8,000 or so claims that have been filed to date.

Shereen Benzvy Miller, the head of the IRB’s refugee protection division, told a House of Commons immigration committee hearing that 240 have already been finalized, and a further 373 had been scheduled as of earlier this week, with the rate of rejection around 50%.

That’s in line with the historical acceptance rate for claims by Haitian nationals in past years; the vast majority of the asylum seekers who have arrived in Quebec in particular since the summer are Haitian.

50% of nothin is still nothin and “rejected” does not mean deported.

  • Liberal Progressive

    Thank goodness we taxpayers fund a legal aid system so these poor rejected refugees can keep on appealing the IRB’s rulings for years while continuing to live in government housing and receiving government benefits.

    At least nobody can call us racists!

    • Endless appeals and if even that fails they simply disappear… forever.

    • PaxCan

      Mahmoud Mohammed Issa Mohammed was the poster boy of appeals. He was finally deported after 26 years of fighting the government and millions of dollars of tax payer money wasted.

      Our refugee system is such a f**king joke but that’s to be expected since it was designed by lawyers and rent seeking refugee advocates.

  • mauser 98

    $10 here..10 there..pphhrrt ,,,lets party!!!

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  • k1962

    …and 50% of those accepted from the U.S. is still too high.

  • A Hamilton Guy

    I’ll take Haitians over musliems any day of the week.

  • richard

    I would strongly suggest sending our Prime Minister and email outlining your concerns and criticisms. He is very good at thoughtful, concise responses. Not.

  • Spatchcocked

    That haram scarum pot head moronic unemployable child is going to ruin the country. This whole fiasco is on his head. I truly believe we haven’t seen anything yet. Once Trump gets up a head of steam deportation wise we are going to be inundated with third world refuse.
    They’ll all head north to take advantage of that mental midget.
    You heard it here first.

  • Even if the number was cut in half, it is enough to turn an election.

  • Frances

    Why doesn’t Quebec want the Haitians? They’re francophones, aren’t they, even if not “pure laine”.

    • PaxCan

      They speak Creole not French.

      • Frances

        Did not know that.

  • PaxCan

    There’s a perverted mindset that guides our asylum system where the conventional wisdom dictates a high acceptance rate is proof we are compassionate and the system works whereas a low acceptance rate means were are uncaring, xenophobic, and racist.

    When the Conservatives were in power the opposition took them to task over the high number of rejections and the Conservative countered claiming that the acceptance rate was pretty high and therefore, I guess, proof the system was working.

    The system has been politicized to encourage high acceptance rates which is why it hovers around the 50% mark or higher even though the average in the western world is somewhere around 30%. In the initial years of the IRB the acceptance rate went as high as 80% even though it was obvious the vast majority of our inland refugee claims are bogus. They’re charlatans trying to game the system and we routinely reward them so you can’t blame the latest tsunami of con artists for trying. The odds are pretty good.