Canada is doing DNA testing for identification of some immigrants

The Canadian government has admitted that DNA testing has been done to determine the citizenship of the controversial immigrants.

In a statement from the institution responsible for Customs (CBSA), the DNA test “has been applied after all other investigative phases have been completed”.

The institution did not provide information on how often it was applied to the test phase.

The CBSA spokesman Jayden Robertson said the agency uses the DNA test to “obtain some demonstrations of citizenship, thus helping the continuation of the research to narrow the meaning of the country”.

Robertson also said, “Before DNA genetic comparisons were made on sites where DNA archives were found, permission was obtained from the people.”

Subodh Bharati, who is a lawyer in such a case, says that the people who applied the DNA test are concerned about how to protect their private information.

Genetic archive sites after DNA testing

Bharati’s client, Franklin Godwin, is a  DNA tested person for citizenship determination in Canada.

Godwin, who entered the country in 1994 with a fake Bahama passport, then applied for asylum, saying he was a Liberian.

Given the permanent residence and refugee status, Godwin lost this statue because of subsequent convictions for drug-related offenses.

The extradition decision on 2003-2005 was intended to be implemented, but Liberia did not allow entry into the country twice. The last time it was suggested that Godwin was not Nigerian but Liberian.

The Canadian government also tested Godwin for DNA testing, along with the language test, to determine its identity.

DNA from Godwin was screened on sites containing genetic archives and two remote relatives were reached who said they were Nigerian nationals.

Lawyer Bharati is not convinced that the DNA test is very helpful to the Canadian state when his citizenship is determined.

French AFP news agency reported that Ibrahim Toure, who entered Canada with a fake French passport, also had a similar process.

The DNA test was also used in the citizenship determination study, which was initiated when Toure, who said Canadian officials were Gineli, was not admitted to the country by Guinea. Toure is not currently deported.

A spokesman for “Ancestry,” a website that serves on genealogy research, said protection of personal information is the company’s “primary focus.”

The same company also explained that the countries did not work with the customs authorities.

 

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