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No phony refugees allowed: Canadian billboard in Hungary

Credits: REUTERS/CHRIS WATTIE

DANIEL PROUSSALIDIS | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA — New billboards in Hungary tell residents not to bother coming to Canada to file an unfounded refugee claim because the rules have changed and they’ll quickly be deported.

“People with unfounded claims will be deported faster,” warn the billboards, bearing the Government of Canada logo and directing people to the Citizenship and Immigration website.

Late last week, the billboards were placed in Miskolc, a city in northeast Hungary that is home to many Roma.

Roma refugee claims had made Hungary the largest, single-source of refugee claimants in Canada, but their claims also had the lowest success rate and backed up the processing of other applications.

In December, the feds cracked down on bogus refugees by designating 27 countries, including Hungary, as unlikely places for legitimate claims.

Under the new system, claimants from those countries will get a quick hearing before seeing their deportations likely fast-tracked.

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