Canada ramps up deportations of thousands despite pandemic fear

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

22nd Jan, 2021. 07:34 pm
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Despite the increasing fear due to Coronavirus outbreak across the globe, Canada deported thousands of people even as COVID-19 raged last year and lawyers say deportations are ramping up, putting people needlessly at risk.

Canada is struggling to stop a second wave from spiraling out of control, and its political leaders are begging residents to stay home to prevent the spread.

Lawyers and human rights advocates are decrying Canada’s November decision to resume deportations. Until now, the extent of the country’s pandemic deportations was not known.

Canada counted 12,122 people as removed in 2020 – 875 more than the previous year and the highest number since at least 2015. The government says this was necessary and done safely.

In 2019 there were 1,657 administrative removals, compared with 8,215 last year.

Even subtracting those numbers, that leaves thousands of people deported as the governments cautioned against travel of any kind for safety reasons.

Even as Canada continues to deport non-citizens during a health crisis, US President Joe Biden paused deportations for 100 days within hours of being sworn in on Wednesday.

Canada officially imposed a moratorium on deportations in March that it lifted at the end of November.

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