CCR letter on the temporary immigration measures in response to humanitarian crisis in Gaza

CCR wrote to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship with great concern because the details and roll out of the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for Gaza are deeply problematic and display an unacceptable inequity in Canada’s responses to humanitarian emergencies. The discrepancies (as with the measures announced recently for Sudan) reflect systemic racism in our immigration system and underscore the need for an effective, equitable and transparent policy framework to guide emergency immigration responses.

The following are key inequities and problems in the Gaza initiative that must be addressed:

1- Unprecedented and dangerous requirements for personal information.

2- A confusing application process, and fees and caps imposed that increase inequities.

3- Greater support to families and more pathways needed.

4- Ensuring Gazans fleeing war are welcomed not feared.