According to government data obtained by Reuters, Justin from Canada has gone against his promise to welcome refugees by deporting them back to war-torn countries.
Despite promising asylum to refugees fleeing “persecution, terror & war,” the Canadian government has deported 249 people to war-torn countries between January 2014 and September 6, 2017.
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The majority of those deported, 134 asylum-seekers, were sent to Iraq while 62 were sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo and 43 to Afghanistan.
2016 saw 51 deportations to Iraq, a large difference from the 22 people sent to the middle-eastern war zone in 2014. The number of those deported to Iraq in 2017 stands at 35.
Reuters reports Canada has the right to deport people who are not citizens if they commit a criminal act, don’t comply with immigration laws or exhaust attempts to find a perminent residency.
Canada is also able to deport people to unsafe countries or regions if they commit a crime, pose a security risk or commit human rights violations.