Process migrants offshore - Fmr. Canadian HC to Lanka
August 13, 2010 07:25 am
A former high commissioner to
Martin Collacott, a former senior diplomat for Canada with extensive experience in Asia, tells QMI Agency that the MV Sun Sea, the ship filed with hundreds of Tamil refugee claimants, set sail for Canada because our refugee laws our lax, our acceptance rates are high and our benefits generous.
The former diplomat said that the
In the late 1990s
As the numbers grew to thousands a year, many coming on rickety boats, the government brought in tough changes. From 2001 through 2007, boats filled with refugee claimants would be intercepted and taken to processing centres offshore.
The use of processing centres on small islands in the Pacific stopped the
would-be refugees from using
The arrivals slowed to a trickle. When the newly elected Labour government
did away with what was dubbed “The Pacific Solution” in 2007, the boats started