New pathways for newcomers to achieve permanent residence meet the moment

Maureen Silcoff, Ottawa Citizen

[…] Regularization programs should not be restricted to people who lack any immigration status. Including those who are in the refugee determination system would help resolve another issue. Canada has seen an uptick of refugee claimants, even after the expansion of the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement earlier this year, which bars most refugees from entering Canada at the land border. As with the Guardian Angels program, regularization programs inclusive of individuals in the refugee stream can relieve pressures on the refugee system and provide a pathway to permanent residence for those who have contributed to the Canadian economy. […]

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