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'Mass arrival' refugee category


Queen’s University law professor and immigration and refugee law expert Sharryn Aiken is available to discuss the federal government’s proposed ‘mass arrival’ category that is being developed in response to the human smuggling issue associated with Tamil refugees.

“These ‘mass arrival’ measures amount to little more than window dressing – fomenting anti-refugee sentiment while doing nothing to address the root causes of mass refugee flows and the criminal networks that smuggle these refugees,” says Professor Aiken, who is also the Associate Dean of the Queen’s Faculty of Law. “I’m very disappointed with the proposal because it’s creating a two tier refugee system with no principled basis. The government already has adequate tools to detain for the purposes of identification verification.”

To arrange an interview, please contact Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca, or Kristyn Wallace at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 or kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca at News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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