Federal Court

Immigration and Citizenship

Refugee protection

Elements of protected refugee status

Refugee claim denied where motive was economic, not ethnic

Principal applicant and minor applicants were ethnic Chinese citizens of Guyana and claimed fear of persecution on basis of their race. Applicants fled Guyana and unsuccessfully claimed refugee status in Canada. Applicants appealed decision to refugee appeal division (RAD), which confirmed decision. Applicants brought application for judicial review. Application dismissed. RAD conducted its own analysis of documentary evidence. RAD’s conclusions from review of documentary evidence were within range of possible, acceptable outcomes. RAD reviewed evidence and reached conclusion that motive was economic, not ethnic. Evidence in present case differed significantly from that in other case law.

Su v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) (2017), 2017 CarswellNat 681, 2017 FC 243, Richard F. Southcott J. (F.C.).

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