glossary

designated foreign national

Designated foreign nationals are members of a group of people who:

  • arrive in Canada together, and
  • are called an "irregular arrival" by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

This can happen, for example, if the Minister suspects that they have been brought to Canada through human smuggling or trafficking with the help of a criminal organization or terrorist group.

Designated foreign nationals have fewer rights than other foreign nationals.

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