Canadian taxpayers will be covering the costs associated with mandatory quarantine for refugees, CTV News reports.
Under new travel rules instituted by the Canadian government, all new arrivals in the country must quarantine in hotels near airports for three days before they can go to wherever they are planning on staying.
The measure has been controversial for a number of reasons, with some critics comparing the restrictions to arbitrary detention, as those who arrive in the country are forcefully detained without being charged with a crime.
The measure also attained controversy due to the government's refusal to cover the cost of setting up travelers in hotels. Under the regulations, travelers arriving in Canada are required to pay out-of-pocket for their forced hotel stay. The measures apply to both Canadians and foreigners.
The measures were implemented in order to combat the spread of coronavirus.
However, such requirements will not exist for refugees. The Canadian government will be paying for their mandatory hotel quarantines. According to the government, they will cover the costs as refugees often do not have the money to cover their own hotel stays.
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