Welcome Refugees! 

9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association fornRefugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)


EGH, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Date and Time

14 May 2016 / 9:00-10:15am
Keynote Address  Title: 

Welcome Refugees! 

Mr Francisco Rico-Martinez 

Co-Director, FCJ Refugee Centre 


– People who request asylum status since 2012 are still without response because the Canadian system is creating a long backlog of asylum seekers’ cases.

– There are 13000 case of asylum seekers are in the backlog of the IRB. And the IRB is still expecting 18500 cases this year 2016. 

– Somalians are difficult to reintegrate in Canada. 

– the refugee system of Canada needs a reform. There is a need to reset the system from the bottom up. 

– There is a need to create man immigration class to fix the broken system of Canada immigration. 

– Visa renewal in Canada takes about three to four months processes. 

– 50000 cases are currently opened for removal procedure (expulsion) in metropolitan Toronto. 

– There is no parliament committee in Canada that check the cases of migrants in long-term detention.

– How many temporary workers do we have in Canada? 

– Non-status people in Canada are being given educational opportunity thanks to the initiatives of the FCJ Refugee Centre.  

– During the Second World War, half a million were received in Europe. 

– give a hand to the neighbors and try tom protect them 

– We have not talked about now the issue of human trafficking when the Canadian government has not given Justice too their survivors of human trafficking. 

– In Canadian immigration system, there is bias. 

– The women are not entitled to say the truth because the man is given the chance and not the woman to talk.

 – The pre-removal risk assessment. 

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