Call for national child refugee policy

The Canadian Council for Refugees is concerned about the detention of some child refugees and want a national policy on how they should be treated on arrival here.

The most recent Canadian study into child claimants was prepared by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) examining data from 1999 to 2002. It shows there were 100,000 separated children in Western Europe and as many as 20,000 of them file asylum claims yearly in Europe and North America.

The study shows 368 unaccompanied minors, under the age of 17, filed refugee claims in Canada in 1999 compared to 674 in 2000, 817 in 2001 and 1,830 in 2002. Not all the claims were reported.

Another study, that claims to have used federal immigration department data, estimated that 1,087 unaccompanied minors and 1,683 separated children arrived in Canada from 2000 to 2004.



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