Posted May 01, 2018 04:19:51 Canada’s government says it has not received a single proposal from any member state to offer asylum to the Chagossians, but says it is considering the possibility.
The Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board said on Thursday that the Chagos are “not yet a priority” for asylum.
A report by the Refugee and Immigration Commission said the Chagoese could be eligible for permanent residency, but only if they are offered an opportunity to settle in Canada.
Chagos say they are seeking asylum in order to avoid being forcibly removed by Canadian authorities.
They say they have no legal right to seek asylum and they have already been expelled from the country.
They also say they feel they have been mistreated by Canadian officials and their asylum applications have been denied by Canadian courts.
In response to a question from the CBC, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Canada does not receive applications from individuals who are considered “most vulnerable” to persecution.
But he added that the CBSA is in the process of reviewing applications for asylum from individuals from Chad.
The CBSA says it will consider a number of factors when it comes to deciding which applications to make, including whether they are a priority or an administrative process.
“The CBSA does not accept applications from persons with a heightened risk of persecution,” the statement said.
It said that in the case of asylum seekers from the Chagnons, the CB, which is responsible for processing asylum claims, will consider “the overall risk to the applicant and whether the individual’s circumstances would pose a threat to the safety and security of Canadians.”
The statement said the CB will also consider whether the applicant meets all the criteria for refugee protection, which includes being “at a high risk of being persecuted in a country of asylum.”
It also said the minister would “make decisions based on the best available information, including information from other jurisdictions.”
The CBCA said it will have more to say about the Chakars’ case later this week.
The Chagos are among the many asylum seekers fleeing the country of their birth.
The government says more than 1,000 refugees and migrants are in Canada at the moment, but most have settled in Quebec.
Some of them have had their applications rejected by the Canadian courts and have been held at the border since being removed.