The Canadian Minister said if any Sri Lankan wants security then they should look at a neighboring country like India instead of Canada. He said that while most people seek asylum in Canada for economic reasons there are some who seek protection as a result of what he termed as a “push factor”. However he said Canada will not encourage illegal asylum seekers and in most cases had deported those who failed in their asylum claims. “Under the new Canadian law which came into effect in June 2012 law enforcement officials now have better tool to prosecute individuals who organize, engage in and profit from human smuggling,” the Minister said. He also said that migrants who reach Canada through illegal means face mandatory detention.]]>


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