Canada now accepting more Roma asylum-seekers from Hungary as evidence of persecution accumulates
Canadian newspaper National Post reported on 23 August that Canada is beginning to accept more Romani asylum-seekers from Hungary after all but rejecting them across the board just a few years ago. The Conservative-led Government launched a much-criticized crackdown on allegedly "bogus" refugees in 2009-2010 that led to Hungary being designated a "safe country" in 2012.
The paper reports that Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board data now reveal that the acceptance rate of asylum-seekers from Hungary was 20 % in 2013, 35 % in 2014 and 68 % during the first half of this year. Sean Rehaag, a law professor specializing in immigration law, told the paper that the figures demonstrate Hungary should no longer be considered a "safe country".
Canadian officials declined to given any specific comment to the paper about the evidence that the "safe country" designation for Hungary was itself "bogus". “Canada’s reformed asylum system continues to ensure that all eligible claimants — regardless of their country of origin — have access to a full, fact-based hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada,” spokeswoman Nancy Caron wrote to National Post.
Refugee advocates told the paper there is just too much evidence regarding persecution of Roma in Hungary for immigration authorities to ignore. A 2014 study by the Harvard School of Public Health entitled "Accelerating Patterns of Anti-Roma Violence in Hungary" reported that the country has been enduring a “climate of increasing social and economic exclusion.”
- Hungarian author Ákos Kertész requesting asylum in Canada
- Canada considers visas for Hungary due to influx of Romani immigrants
- Romani victims of recent murders in Hungary commemorated in Canada and Europe
- Canada says Romani people not subjected to state-organized repression in EU
- Hungarian Roma activist, former member of European Parliament emigrates to Canada
- Refugee in Canada launching political movement in Czech Republic
- Canada: Czech visas to stay June 2012, "we are monitoring the situation"
- European Parliament wants more pressure on Canada over visas for Czech citizens
- In IUSTITIA warns Canada: 2008 violence in Litvínov has never been punished
- Canada changing its asylum system, Czech Republic may have visas lifted
- Roma in Canada: How the Czech media distort the facts
- Kocáb: Departure of the Roma to Canada is not “organized”
- Commission: The EU will not automatically introduce visas for Canada
- World press on introduction of visas for travel to Canada
- Czech census: Online form will be in Romanes too, listing nationality is important
- Renáta Plachetková: EU citizens without settled status as of 30 June in the UK will be deported
- Deadline for applications to Romani Studies at Charles University is the end of February
- Jan Dužda: Vaccination is the most effective weapon against COVID-19, Czech authorities need to campaign about its effects and importance
- Czech Public Defender of Rights meets Romani community member Štěpán Kavur of the Buči association
- EU Commission: States have to show improvement for Roma if they expect to draw funding
- Czech Police charge two men for publishing racist content about mass killing last year, Pirate Party and ROMEA filed reports against them
- Alena Gronzíková: Czech landlords will not rent to Roma even with good references and steady incomes
- Romani doctor in Czech Republic will get vaccinated and is disturbed by COVID-19 disinformation
- Czech court gives suspended sentence to adults who assaulted young Romani children physically and verbally in a park last year
- EU Commissioner for Values: EU money is meant to help the Roma too, data collection is important so we aren't flying blind
- Czech Govt to divert billions of crowns from the EU away from social services even as COVID-19 increases demand for debt counseling