Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Border Services Agency

December 02, 2015 17:22 ET

Government of Canada Suspends Removals to Burundi

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 2, 2015) - Canada Border Services Agency

Effective immediately, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has imposed an Administrative Deferral of Removals (ADR) to Burundi.

As a result of current country conditions, including government instability, rising levels of violence and food insecurity, the CBSA will be able to defer the removal of most Burundian nationals.

Foreign nationals who are inadmissible and subject to removal on grounds of criminality, international or human rights violations, organized crime, or security do not benefit from this stay of removal, and individuals who wish to depart voluntarily may continue to do so.

The CBSA will continue to monitor the country conditions in Burundi, and once conditions improve, a decision will be made on whether removals can be reinstated.

Quick Facts

  • An ADR is issued by the CBSA when immediate action is needed to temporarily defer removals in situations of humanitarian crisis.

  • The CBSA currently has an ADR on: certain regions in Somalia (Middle Shabelle, Afgoye, and Mogadishu: since December 9, 2011); the Gaza Strip (since November 27, 2012); Syria (since March 15, 2012); Mali (since January 31, 2013); the Central African Republic (since June 19, 2014); South Sudan (since November 4, 2014), Libya (since March 20, 2015, Nepal (since April 27, 2015) and Yemen (since May 7, 2015).


"This process demonstrates Canada's leadership in addressing humanitarian crises around the world. An Administrative Deferral of Removals is an appropriate, compassionate response to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Burundi."

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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