- Many refugee claimants lack identity documents upon arrival;
- International standards stipulate that people must not be penalized for lack of ID;
- International guidelines on detention stipulate that undocumented refugee claimants should not normally be detained;
That the CCR call on the government of Canada (CIC and IRB) to adhere to international standards with respect to detention of refugee claimants, and to ensure that refugee claimants not be detained for more time than is required to conduct initial enquiries as to the person's identity. Ascertaining a person's identity should not be dependent on an ability to produce an identity document.