“You can’t fault Jamaica because they almost lost control of their streets recently,” said Vancouver immigration lawyer Richard Kurland.
The Jamaican government deployed the military to city streets in January to deal with violent crime, prompting Global Affairs Canada to warn Canadians visiting Montego Bay to limit their movements.
“When you’re facing that type of domestic challenge, you don’t want to add fuel to the fire by importing from Canada, additional criminals,” Kurland said.
Jamaica’s place at the top of the list should come as no surprise, Kurland said.
“They have a pre-existing gang and criminality problem there. Traditionally, they have delayed, or stopped altogether, receipt of deportees from Canada,” he said.