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    Posted: Aug/26/2011 at 7:50am

Ottawa gives unsuccessful refugees financial incentives to return home


A new immigration policy that permits Ottawa to buy failed refuges airline tickets and give them up to $2,000 each is scheduled to take effect in June next year.

Through the Assisted Voluntary Returns (AVR) program, unsuccessful claimants under the Balanced Refugee Reform Act can receive financial incentive to leave Canada and reintegrate back in their home countries.

With a reported 9,200 failed refugees going underground in the GTA annually and 44,000 immigration offenders in hiding nationwide, tracking, monitoring and removing claimants who refuse to leave costs the country millions of dollars, said Vancouver lawyer Richard Kurland.

The initiative, which is predicted to make it more likely for refugees reintegrate into their home countries and less likely to return to Canada, has garnered a positive response from immigration workers and lawyers alike.

Eligibility for the program will be given only to those without any criminal records and meet all their reporting requirements. Upon voluntarily leaving, claimants will be given the chance to reapply for return to the country.

Abuse of the program will be met with a temporary ban on returning to Canada or a reimbursement to the Canada Border Services Agency for any assistance received.

Already in existence in about 18 European countries, Canada’s financial incentive is considered to be a “conservative amount,” compared to the United Kingdom’s $7,200.

All funding will be managed and distributed by an independent service provider on behalf of Ottawa.

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