Cost of migrants is huge, but could pay off: lawyer

August 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

CTV British Columbia: An immigration lawyer says that the Sri Lankan migrants onboard the MV Sun Sea will cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars — but that investment in the new arrivals just might pay off. Long before the cargo ship docked in Esquimalt, B.C., on Friday, it was costing Canadians. Government intelligence officials and the Canadian navy have been tracking the ship for months, and weeks of preparation were necessary in B.C. jails and hospitals. Now that the 490 asylum-seekers have arrived, they’ll need medical care, food, shelter and legal assistance. Immigration lawyer Richard Kurland told CTV News that the average cost to get each of the Sri Lankans from the ship to their refugee hearing will be $71,000.

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