(Exclusive) 57 North Korean nationals are being processed for removal
Sept 6, 2019
Global Korean Post
As of August 29, 2019, total number of 4189 North Korean nationals entered Canada since 2013.
The Global Korean Pos,t on Aug. 28 sent an email to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to get some information of the current status of N.Korean in Canada.
According to the resoponses which were addressed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the number of North Korean nationals removed from Canada was 205 people in total as of Aug. 30, 2019 since 2008.
This year, 22 were included in the number of North Korean nationals removed from Canada.
They responded to the Global Korean Post’s question of being slated for any further deportation, “As of August 30, 2019, there were no removals scheduled of North Korean nationals subject to a removal order.”
“The decision to remove someone from Canada is not taken lightly. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) places the highest priority on removal cases involving national security, organized crime, crimes against humanity, and criminals – regardless of country of origin.”
“Decisions on asylum cases are made by the IRB, a quasi-judicial, independent body, which provides a fair hearing to asylum claimants. Decisions are made based on the merits of the specific facts presented in an individual case, and in accordance with Canada’s immigration laws.”
They explained the issue of N.Korean claim, “Based on the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, North Korean claimants who have been granted South Korean citizenship are excluded from refugee protection, which has resulted in negative decisions on asylum claims in many cases. That said, there may still be instances in which a North Korean requires protection, which is why every eligible claim is heard by the IRB.”
The authorities concerned said that it is important to note that submitting an application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds does not have the effect of preventing removal.
Humanitarian and compassionate grounds apply to people with exceptional cases. They assess these applications on a case-by-case basis. Factors we look at include:
- how settled the person is in Canada
- general family ties to Canada
- the best interests of any children involved, and
- what could happen to you if we do not grant the request
By Global Korean Post