Josef hírek

2013.01.19. 19:31

Canada to launch campaign to promote immigration policy (adds govt spox)

Budapest, January 16 (MTI) - The Department of Citizenship and Immigration of Canada will start a 4-week campaign in northern Hungary s Miskolc to inform residents on recent amendments in the country s immigration law, the Canadian embassy told MTI in a statement on Wednesday.

Budapest, January 16 (MTI) - The Department of Citizenship and Immigration of Canada will start a 4-week campaign in northern Hungary s Miskolc to inform residents on recent amendments in the country s immigration law, the Canadian embassy told MTI in a statement on Wednesday.

Canada amended its legislation on immigration in December last year, aimed at creating a "faster and more rightful" system, the document said. The measure comes after an influx of Hungarian immigrants to Canada last year, most of them claiming to have come from the city of Miskolc.

 

The billboard reads: Asylum claims are evaluated within weeks. Applicants with unjustified immigration claims are sent home faster.

 

However, Akos Kriza, the mayor of Miskolc, voiced disapproval of the campaign, saying it would intimidate residents. "Canada will not send its asylum seekers back", he insisted.

 

The Canadian government released a list of safe countries, including Hungary, in December last year. Under the new measures, authorities will evaluate applications within 30-45 days, while formal requirements have been made stricter. During the period of evaluation, an immigrant cannot be employed.

 

Andras Giro-Szasz, the government spokesman, told reporters in response to a question concerning the campaign on Wednesday that the Canadian government declared Hungary a safe country and stated by that clearly that it considered the asylum applications of Hungarian citizens groundless.

 

He said the classification Hungary was given was not at all typical of the region, with Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia defined by Ottawa as "non-safe" countries.

 

He made reference to the letter the Canadian immigration minister sent to Hungary s interior minister, stating appreciation of Hungary s Roma integration efforts and indiciating Canada s "internal problems" being a reason for launching the campaign.

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