Queen's University

Haitian immigrants

2010-03-19

Queen’s University law professor Sharryn Aiken is available to discuss whether the Canadian government should amend the Immigration Act to allow Haitian Canadians to bring in more members of their extended families.
“I believe the definition of family is unduly restrictive in all cases,” says Professor Aiken. “The recent natural disaster in Haiti affords a critical opportunity for the federal government to soften the often ill-suited definitions in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to alleviate a tiny fraction of the suffering in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake. And regardless, more resources are required to expedite processing of family sponsorship applications.”
Sharryn Aiken is an Associate Professor in the faculty of law at Queen’s University who specializes in immigration/refugee law as well as international human rights law.
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