The Pluses and Minuses of Refugee and Immigration Issues in 2006

The Canadian Council for Refugees has published its Annual Status Report on Refugee and Immigrants for 2006 (in PDF). The report gives an overview of the positive and negative impacts of government policy on refugee and immigration issues over the past year. On the positive side are decreases in permanent residence application fees; new temporary protection measure guidelines for trafficked persons; the end of routine uses of direct backs; and a new policy stopping enforcement officers from entering schools to arrest children. On the negative side, the CCR is concerned over the continued implementation of the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement and the deteriorating situation in the United States; the use of security certificates; backlogs in the private sponsorship of refugees waiting overseas for processing; and the lack of an implemented appeal process for refugee claimants in Canada, among others.