Canada's new refugee rules go into effect on Dec. 15
Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, November 30, 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Friday, November 30, 2012 12:12PM EST
OTTAWA - Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says an overhaul of the refugee system goes into effect Dec. 15.
The biggest change will see the government draw up a list of countries from which refugee claims will be scrutinized more closely.
The list will include those countries which produce large numbers of rejected asylum claims.
The list will also be released on Dec. 15.
Kenney says the changes will see processing times for all claims drop, which will help real refugees get settled faster.
He says the new system is also fairer as it creates a new appeal system for most asylum claimants.