Canada’s government has trouble detecting citizenship fraud

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Canada’s government is not doing enough to weed out fraudulent citizenship applications and this means ineligible people can obtain Canadian passports, the country’s top watchdog said on Tuesday. The findings could alarm U.S. critics already worried by what they say are the security risks posed by the new Liberal government’s decision to quickly accept 25,000 Syrian refugees after taking power last November. Auditor General Michael Ferguson said his officials had discovered many problems in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRC) department, which is responsible for ensuring only eligible individuals become Canadian nationals.

By David Ljunggren
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