The province of British Columbia is heading towards a new step in Canada's immigration history. From 2021, through new federal policies and within the framework of the WelcomeToCanada campaign, British Columbia will join those provinces that will put an end to the detention of immigrants in jails. It is a historic step that vindicates Human Rights in the world and opens the possibility of a better quality of life for those who arrive seeking opportunities with their families.
British Columbia's Minister of Public Safety and Attorney General Mike Farnworth made the announcement that the province will not renew its immigration detention contract with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), to which Ketty Nivyabandi, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, said: "Today's decision is a momentous step. We commend British Columbia for being the first province to stop locking up asylum seekers and migrants in its jails solely for immigration purposes" and further stated that: "This is a real human rights victory, upholding the dignity and rights of people who come to Canada in search of safety or a better life".
These new strategies to welcome migrants in their passage through this country allow the arrival of hundreds of people from all over the world who can contribute to the economy of the province, and thus offer them a better quality of life, leaving behind the inhumane treatment given to migrants for racial, psychosocial and other reasons.
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