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Canadian Immigration Target Welcomes 1.3 Million by 2021

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Economic Immigration CanadaThe Immigration targets set for 2019 and 2020 is undergoing upward result in Canada, and the country has equally declared an extension of its multi-year levels of immigration plan which will now run to 2021. This is in preparation for the influx of about 1.3 million new permanent residents in the coming four years covered by the plan (2018-2021). These changes were officially announced on the 31st of last month (October 31, 2018). Multi-year levels (being operational for one year) programs was introduced as a guide for the immigration plans for 2018 to 2020.

Through the immigration categories (economic, humanitarian and family and refugee) in Canada, raising targets and extending the plan are expected to position the country to receive above 1.3 million new entries ranging from 2018 to 2021. The revision made to the plan requires a gradual increase in yearly admission targets. It will gradually extends from 310, 000 new entries (permanent residents) in the start year (2018) to 350, 000 in the final year (2021). New targets for 2019 and 2020 are now 330, 800 and 341, 000 respectively – it was previously set at 330, 000 and 340, 000 respectively.

Skilled Workers Will Be Welcomed

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ahmed Hussen said that more talented workers who have the much-needed skills and expertise would be welcomed under this new plan. More families will also be reunited as well as more refugees in search of new and better lives accommodated.

In this immigration plan, Economic immigration programs under the management of Canada’s PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs) and federal Express Entry economic system will retain the important roles given to them. About a quarter (25%) of the expected new entries are projected to come through Express entry, and about 19% will be accounted for by PNP Program.

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Singapore To Implement Thumbprint Scans, Increase Scrutiny In Immigration

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The Singapore ICA, or Immigration and Checkpoints Authority are planning to introduce thumbprint scanning in addition to passport checks. ICA will introduce this extra level of scrutiny at checkpoints over land-based routes in Tuas and Woodlands.

 ICA is planning to implement these checks specifically on Causeway and Second Link. This phase-wise implementation is the best bet when a testing out a new system and collecting data. ICA will monitor the execution of this plan and observe if it is operational within tolerances, or if the plan has adverse effect on the traffic.

ICA knows that first time travelers and checkpoint personnel may face issues in operating the system. In light of this, ICA officers will be present to assist both with the system and clear any doubts or provide technical assistance. Additionally, ICA has provided a thorough manual and a guide on their website for download. According to the guide, the travelers should get out of their cars, show the passport and use the provide their thumbprints from both hands on the scanner. Only then will the security allow the travelers to arrive or depart from Singapore.

ICA needs to increase this security in order to identify every traveler entering or leaving Singapore. It will help the authorities to track immigrant activity and adjust policies or take appropriate measures.

Source: themalaysiantimes

There might be a side effect of this process though. Since this is an extra measure in addition to the passport checks, it will cause a delay in processing. This delay also depends on how quickly the scanner works and registers the information. If the connectivity to ICA servers is good, then the system should work flawlessly. If any of these factors increase the delay, the checkpoints will see massive traffic snarls.

In either case, this is a step towards security and complaints will eventually drown out when people see the benefit in introducing this system.

Australia Reinforces Tough Border Controls

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Australia reinforced its tough border controls when illegal immigrants from South Asia, possibly Sri Lanka, were returned to their point of departure.

The group of illegal immigrants arrived Australia by boat this week. They were seized mid-way between Australia and Sri Lanka close to the Cocos Islands. Their arrival breached Australia’s border security for the first time in two years, according to the latest immigration news.

The 18 asylum seeker included seven children and babies; it was under the cover of darkness with vehicles positioned to obscure view, and they were sent back. The asylum seekers were made to board a charter aircraft that landed in Sri Lanka.

Australia cannot send refugees back, according to the latest immigration news, under the international law, to countries wherein they may face possible harm. The screening process used by the Australian government has been criticised.

In 2014, the asylum seeker boat of 157 people to arrive Australia was intercepted near Christmas Island. The passengers were transferred to the Curtin Detention Centre after they spent a month on an Australian Customs ship offshore.

Australia successfully tackles the problem of migrant boats.

Australia tackles the issue of migrant boats and is the only country to do this successfully by saying ‘no’ to seafaring arrivals those are irregular. It monitors genuine refugees and admits them entry through an orderly points system according to the latest immigration news.

The Australian government enforces a policy of returning boats before they reach Australian waters to their point of departure. In case, they fail to comply they are then removed from the vessel which are made to sink by gunfire and sent back in government-supplied lifeboats with provisions.

Response to Australia’s refugee policy internationally

Australia refuses migrant boats illegally entering the waters, according to the latest immigration news. The country’s policy towards asylum-seekers arriving by sea is different. They are placed offshore on two islands in detention facilities, and their asylum claims are processed while keeping them there. On an average asylum seeker spend a year as it sets no bail, and there is no time limit to their stay in camps.

There have been several cases of self harm in an act of desperation, according to the latest immigration news. The self-harm controversy is proof enough that Australian immigration detention centres are inhumane. Australia is increasingly becoming a country where the asylum seekers policy reflects intolerable cruelty.

Australia’s refugee policy has been tested time and again the way a country maintains balance between those evicted and it’s right to allow entry and seek asylum.

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