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Empire Settlement (Canada)

Volume 237: debated on Monday 24 March 1930

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether his attention has been called to the number of cases in which applicants for emigration to Canada are passed by the medical officer and emigration committee and afterwards rejected by the civil agent, without any reason given, although the passport may have been issued; and whether he can make any statement on the matter?

There is no civil examination for migrants paying their own fare to Canada who satisfactorily pass the medical examination. The cases of persons who, though not prohibited migrants, are certified by the medical officer as unsuitable migrants, owing to physical defects, are referred to the civil authorities for a final decision, and approximately one-third of those so referred are allowed to proceed after inquiry has been made into the settlement arrangements in Canada. In the case of assisted migrants the civil examination precedes the medical examination. If my hon. Friend will send me the details of any particular case or cases he has in mind, I will make inquiry unto them.