New quota aimed at stripping refugee status raises concerns among advocates

The Canada Border Services Agency has set a quota to try to strip at least 875 refugees of their status this fiscal year — four-and-a-half times last year’s target — in a move one immigration expert calls “absolutely outrageous.”

“I’m extremely alarmed to see quotas being attached to proceedings of this nature,” said Sharry Aiken, immigration law professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. “Refugee status is an individuated, adjudicated situation based on individual circumstances and certainly, should facts come to light that should suggest cessation/vacation procedures are in order, that’s appropriate, but the very notion that an arbitrary number can be picked out of a hat for instituting these proceedings is absolutely outrageous.”