A group of asylum seekers wait to be processed after being escorted from their tent encampment to the Canada Border Services in Lacolle, Quebec, Canada in 2017 [File: Christinne Muschi/Reuters]

Montreal, Canada – Refugee advocates and legal experts have raised alarm at a proposed change to Canada‘s asylum system, saying the government’s plan would curb refugee rights and have a “chilling effect”.

The Canadian government introduced an amendment to the country’s Immigration and Refugee Act in a 464-page budget bill earlier this month.

The change would prevent people who previously made an asylum claim in specific other countries – the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand – from having a full refugee status determination hearing in Canada.

Ottawa says the measure

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