Kenney calls Olympic refugee claims ridiculous'
Immigration Minister reports the seven people who have claimed refugee status after coming to watch the Olympics are from Hungary, Russia and Japan
The Canadian Press, March 3, 2010
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the seven people who have claimed refugee status after coming to watch the Olympics are from Hungary, Russia and Japan.
Mr. Kenney says it's 'ridiculous' someone from Japan could make that claim and says its a sign the system has broken down.
He also says Hungary is becoming a problem for the immigration and refugee system, with claims numbering several hundred a month.
It's not unusual for people attending international sporting events in Canada to make refugee claims.
Mr. Kenney is currently under fire from opposition MPs for blocking any reference to gay rights in a new study guide for immigrants applying for Canadian citizenship.
'It's becoming very clear that Minister Kenney never intended this to be a Canadian citizenship guide but instead a Conservative citizenship guide,' he said in an interview.
Olympic spectators file refugee claims
By Tom Godfrey
The Toronto Sun, March 1, 2010