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Queen's professor expresses concerns before Standing Committee over refugee law reforms

2012-05-10

Queen’s University immigration law expert Sharry Aiken is appearing before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration today to express serious concerns with the government's proposed refugee law reforms.

Professor Aiken’s submission will focus on proposed measures for “irregular arrivals” including mandatory detention for a period of one year and, even after a successful refugee claim, a five year ban on applying for permanent residence or sponsoring family members. These provisions were first discussed after the arrival of Tamil refugee claimants from Sri Lanka in 2010.

“I will be referring to the Sri Lankan context, in particular, to highlight the conditions these particular refugees fled and what led them to risk their lives in a dangerous sea voyage,” says Professor Aiken. “Canada’s refugee laws are more than adequate to deal with such situations.”

Please note Professor Aiken is only available for phone interviews.

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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