BCOHRC was invited to make a submission on the human rights implications of the agreement between BC Corrections and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to use provincial prisons to detain asylum-seekers under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) as the provincial government reviews the agreement. The Office made its submission on Mar. 25, 2022, and it is now available for download.

According to CBSA data, approximately 94 per cent of immigration detainees are held for administrative reasons and pose no risk to public safety.

While the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the number of immigration detainees in B.C. correctional centres, the number may return to pre-pandemic levels unless immediate action is taken.

BCOHRC is therefore calling for the Province to terminate its agreement with CBSA, to respect its statutory and international human rights obligations and affirm the dignity and rights of migrants.

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