Canada revises its immigration policy to Ethiopian asylum-seekers in view of Ethiopia’s worsening human rights situation

30 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

In a Notice issued by Immigration Canada on July 27, 2016, the Government of Canada has revised its policy toward Ethiopian asylum-seekers in that country. This is in response to the persistent and worsening human rights situation in Ethiopia.

What the new policy does is:

    (a) allow Ethiopians to reapply for a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) if they have already received a final decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) or a final PRRA decision on or between July 28, 2015, and July 27, 2016.

    (b) prior to removing them from Canada, the new window will avail them opportunities to benefit from advise by the Canada Border Services Agency if they are now eligible to apply for a PRRA.

The Notice states:

“Individuals from Ethiopia are exempted from the one-year bar on accessing a PRRA as conditions in that country have worsened. As a result, individuals could face a situation of risk that may warrant an additional assessment.”

To the best of my information, Canada must be the first Western country that has taken such a welcome decision in favour of Ethiopians. I would urge Ethiopians to express their appreciation to the Trudeau Government, for this exemplary action.

The full text of the Notice can be accessed here.

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