Why Are People Getting Deported During a Pandemic?

Season 1 | Episode 11
19m | Mar 31, 2022

Why Are People Getting Deported During a Pandemic? 

Season 1, Episode 11

When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Canada announced the suspension of most deportations. Then, despite its own advisories warning that international travel during a pandemic is a major risk, Ottawa lifted its moratorium on deportations in late November 2020. The federal government has since deported thousands of people during the pandemic.

Isabel Macdonald is an independent journalist and researcher living in Montreal. She spoke with public health experts and asylum seekers to examine why these deportations are happening and the added dangers of doing them in the time of COVID-19.

In this episode:

Macdonald talks about how Canada justifies deporting people during a pandemic. 

She then goes over the numbers of how many people are getting deported and explains why this data is difficult to access. 

Macdonald then breaks down the statistics to explain which nationalities have been deported most during the pandemic.  

Then she goes into the case of Jatinder Singh, a truck driver who was deported to India during the pandemic. 

She explains why Singh had been seeking asylum in Canada in the first place and how difficult it can be to claim asylum in Canada generally.  

And then she discusses the harm done by deporting people during a pandemic.

Macdonald then shares what she is currently reading right now.

Finally, we check in on what we're talking about this week at The Walrus.


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