The federal government is offering up to $2,000 and a one-way plane ticket to any failed refugee claimant who will voluntarily leave Canada. The program began in the GTA this week, and is said to be a humane and ultimately cost effective solution to the often drawn-out process of deporting failed asylum seekers.
Often, failed applicants remain in Canada for years after their refugee claims have been refused, and the federal government spends millions to track, monitor and then deport claimants who have gone “underground” to avoid deportation.
There are guidelines as to how the money can only be used by claimants who opt for this program. It can be used towards school, starting a business or finding work. Applicants receive more money if they apply for the program soon after their refugee claim is rejected.
To be eligible for the program, refugees must have no criminal record.