Penny wise and pound foolish: a cautionary tale about hearing refugee claims
By Peter ShowlerMay. 23, 2018
The Immigration and Refugee Board has rightly reversed a decision to close Ottawa hearing rooms in 2014.
After years of procedural obstacles imposed on refugee claimants, new leadership at the Immigration and Refugee Board has re-oriented the claim process, now placing refugees at the centre of the process, writes ex-IRB chair Peter Showler. The Hill Times photograph by Kristen Shane
OTTAWA—Last week, the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) announced that it would resume hearing refugee claims in Ottawa. Why is this a cautionary tale? Surely, selecting a regional office to decide refugee claims is a minor administrative matter.
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