New Border Measures Ignore Refugees: CPJ

By Citizens for Public Justice


Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories [OTTAWA]: January 29, 2021 โ€“ Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government will require incoming international travelers to quarantine in hotels for an up to three days at their own expense. They have also suspended all travel to Caribbean destinations.

Below is a statement from Stephen Kaduuli, CPJโ€™s refugee rights policy analyst:

โ€œThe border restrictions are good and necessary to protect the health of Canadians.

However, the requirement that all arrivals to Canadian airports pay out of pocket to quarantine in a hotel clearly means that travel for resettled refugees has been brought to halt for now. Refugee sponsors have not budgeted and do not have the money to cover this extra cost.

We need our government to do better in considering incoming refugees during this pandemic.โ€


Media Contact: Brad Wassink (he/him), Communications Coordinator, Citizens for Public Justice, 613-232-0275 / 1-800-667-8046 x 225, ac.jpc@darb

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