Queen's University

Fast-tracking skilled immigrants

2012-04-24

Queen’s University law professor Sharry Aiken is available to discuss Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's proposed changes to the federal government's skilled worker program that would allow applicants from certain occupations to be fast-tracked.

Professor Aiken, an expert on refugee and immigration law, applauds the move for a faster, more flexible selection system but she has a number of concerns.

“Tinkering with the points system is no substitute for simply ensuring there are adequate human resources to screen the applications. The huge back log is a result of internal inefficiencies that does not appear to be addressed in the minister's recently announced plans. I also have concerns about privatizing immigration selection. Essentially giving employers a central role sounds appealing but is fraught with potential problems,” says Professor Aiken.

Please note Professor Aiken is available only for phone interview on Wednesday, April 18.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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