20 September 2010

Canadian immigration unites with Australia to prevent people smuggling

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney met with new Australian Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, to discuss effective solutions to combat people smuggling.

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Canadian Immigration Minister met with his Australian counterpart to discuss joint efforts in immigration.

Australian and Canadian immigration departments both face similar challenges, including people smuggling, illegal migrants and failed refugee claimants.

“Migrant smuggling and human trafficking are global problems,” said Minister Kenney at the meeting in Canberra.

“Canada intends to work domestically and internationally to combat the crime and fraud associated with the treacherous journey some immigrants make to Canada. At the same time, we need to ensure that those in need of protection have access to it, and we look forward to working with partners such as Australia.”

Mr Kenney was in Canberra following a weekend visit to Melbourne where he inspected immigration detention facilities and met community representatives to discuss how Australia is dealing with migrant smuggling and how both countries might jointly warn potential migrants of the dangers of relying on smugglers, as well as the legal and practical consequences of seeking to enter Canada and Australia illegally.

This visit to Canberra was the final stop on Minister Kenney’s trip to Europe, Asia and Australia. He will return to Canada tomorrow.

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