Canada’s acceptance of Hungarian Roma asylum-seekers is on an upswing after plummeting to record lows just a few years ago.
In 2009-10, only one to two per cent of refugee claimants from Hungary were accepted as the Conservative government initiated a crackdown on “bogus” refugees.
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The Federal Court of Canada has rejected the refugee claim of a Hungarian man of Roma background by dismissing the portrayal of sweeping, generalized persecution against the Roma in his homeland.
The man’s credibility was also questioned over his reliance on a variation of a classic excuse: his dog ate his cellphone.
The case of Mario Gyula Varga is the latest clash over Canada’s reception of the diasporic Roma.
But data from the Immigration and Refugee Board show the acceptance rate has steadily increased: to 20…
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