Weekly Update: March 5 – 11, 2018

Resource Fair

News and Events:

February 20, 2018 – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada: The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada changes how refugee hearings are scheduled.

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is changing its scheduling practice for refugee hearings and will now be hearing claims primarily in the order in which they were received. The Board will make exceptions for priority claims (such as unaccompanied minors or other vulnerable persons). It may also make exceptions for certain claims or groups of claims where the Board decides to implement specific scheduling strategies to ensure the integrity and efficiency of the refugee determination process.

“Many refugee claimants have been waiting a long time for their hearing. Given the current situation, focusing on hearing our claims in the order in which they were referred, while making room for efficiencies, is the right thing to do.”
– Shereen Benzvy Miller, Deputy Chairperson, IRB Refugee Protection Division

February 23, 2018 – Global News: Mexico again among Canada’s top sources of refugee claims after visa requirement lifted

March 10, 2018 – Options Community Services: Refugee Claimant Resource Fair

When: March 10, 2018; Time: 11am to 2pm; Location: Surrey Libraries – City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Room 120, Surrey, BC V3T 4C3

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March 7, 2018 – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada: Publication of Information Gathering Mission Report -Honduras

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is involved in an ongoing capacity‑building initiative carried out jointly by the United States, Mexico, Canada and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Under this initiative, which seeks to enhance asylum systems in the Americas, the IRB, in conjunction with its partners, conducted an information-gathering mission to Honduras. 

The purpose of the mission to Honduras was to gather information related to state efforts to combat crime; the structure of criminal gangs, their areas of operation, activities and recruitment practices; the situation of gender-based and domestic violence against women; the situation of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex) people; and the efficacy of the police and judiciary to provide recourse to victims of crime, to investigate and to prosecute crimes.

Honduras: Information Gathering Mission Report (February 2018)