Radio Erena: 21 February 2015
The Canadian government says it has plans to revoke residence permits and other benefits of those asylum seekers from various countries who are reported to be traveling to their country of origin whom they fled from.
Although the country’s department of immigration had declared this in 2012, it hasn’t been enforced to date.
There are 825 cases under investigation and that their residence permits might be invalidated, confirmed the Toronto based Metro Canada newspaper citing reports from Torostar newspaper.
Several family members of Eritrean leaders, sympathizers of the government, and members of the PFDJ who have been seeking asylum in Canada under different names and once granted they are reported to have been visiting Eritrea by way of Sudan.
Radio Erena has also independently verified reports of family members of Eritrean leaders and members of the PFDJ, who visit the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia for medical or other government related reasons, applying for asylum under fake names.
Based on the Geneva Convention, residence permit of an asylee is annulled, should the asylee be proved to return to their country of origin after granted asylum by another country.
Norway has previously been reported to be introducing a similar law which bans Eritrean asylum seekers not only to visit Eritrea but also to travel to Sudan and Ethiopia.