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China: Update to CHN34770.E of 9 August 2000 regarding the treatment of illegal emigrants repatriated to China, especially the treatment of those repatriated from Canada in May 2000

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 3 April 2003
Citation / Document Symbol CHN39883.E
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Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, China: Update to CHN34770.E of 9 August 2000 regarding the treatment of illegal emigrants repatriated to China, especially the treatment of those repatriated from Canada in May 2000, 3 April 2003, CHN39883.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3f7d4d6be.html [accessed 23 August 2014]
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According to 31 March 2003 correspondence sent by an official at the Embassy of Canada, in Beijing, the information provided in CHN34770.E of 9 August 2000 remains current and no new information regarding the treatment of illegal emigrants repatriated to China is available (Canada).   

Several articles reported on the repatriation of illegal Chinese emigrants to China from Taiwan (DPA 13 Oct. 2002; BBC Monitoring 22 Jan. 2002; CNA 8 Jan. 2001). However, there is no mention of the treatment of these migrants by the Chinese authorities in the reports.

A 30 January 2003 Daily Star article quoted Tom Davies of Loss Prevention International – ¾stating that, "'in most cases, the authorities really have little or no interest in the individuals we bring back.'"

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

BBC Monitoring. 22 January 2002. "Taiwan Detention Centre Accelerates Repatriation of Mainland Chinese Stowaways." (Global News Wire - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire/NEXIS)

Canada. 31 March 2003. Embassy of Canada, Beijing. Correspondence sent by the operations manager.

Central News Agency (CNA) [Taipei, in English]. 8 January 2001. "Illegal Immigrants Sent Back to China." (BBC Summary of World Broadcasts 10 Jan. 2001/NEXIS)

Daily Star. 30 January 2003. John McJannet. "Deported 'Not Tortured.'" (NEXIS)

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA). 13 October 2002. "Taiwan Repatriates 160 Illegal Chinese Immigrants to China." (NEXIS)

The Guardian. 29 January 2003. "Reluctant Airlines Thwart Deportations." [Accessed 3 Apr. 2003]

Additional Sources Consulted

A professor and former political counsellor with the Canadian Embassy in Beijing had no new information on this topic.

IRB Databases

LEXIS/NEXIS

Internet sites, including:

Amnesty International

Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Australia)

Human Rights in China

Human Rights Watch

People's Daily

Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians

World News Connection

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