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1.4 million visa applications rejected by the Canadian government in 2016

A new report by True North Initiative obtained exclusively by the Toronto Star, reveals that from November 2015 to December 2016 over 1.4 temporary resident applications were rejected by the Canadian government.

According to the report, which does not specify the country of origin or nationality of the applicants, the vast majority of applicants were rejected because of misrepresented material facts, criminality or risk of not returning to their home countries at the end of their stay in Canada.

Of the 1.4 million applicants whose applications were rejected, more than 300 people were stopped from entering Canada because they were found to pose a risk to national security:

  • 9 people were found to have engaged in espionage or subversion against a democratic government, institution or process
  • 13 engaged in or instigated the subversion by force of a government
  • 7 engaged in terrorism
  • 26 were found to be a danger to the security of Canada
  • 5 engaged in acts of violence that would or might have endangered the lives or safety of Canadians
  • 79 were rejected for being members of an organization that engages in espionage, subversion or terrorism
  • 48 were suspected of committing crimes against humanity or war crimes
  • 31 worked in a senior capacity for governments that have engaged in terrorism, human rights violations, genocide, war crime or crimes against humanity
  • 14 were refused visas for being residents of a country against which Canada has imposed sanctions

According to an Angus Reid poll, 50% of Canadians surveyed said that terrorism and ISIS far outweigh other concerns such as climate change, the economy and global poverty and 66% said that precedence should be given to securing the national borders and dealing with Canadians involved in terrorism domestically or overseas.

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at ilana@canada-israel.org

4 comments

  1. Shutting the doors to dangerous we have forgotten that we have one who supports terrorists.

    When will Justin be thrown out for instigating and supporting ‘the rights of terrorists to keep their citizenship” over the rights of Canadians to live free from acts of terror.

  2. They must not of been musilum, If they were all be accepted.

  3. That’s racist!
    No that’s putting your county’s citizens first.
    Trudope would love to have them in along with all that the US has turned away.

    Ohhh wait that’s right a judge in the US over turned that…
    What a tolerant country willing to have its citizens die for political correctness.

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