2013 – Environmental Overview – Dakar

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The following is a summary of the Environmental Overview of the immigration functions at the Canadian Embassy in Senegal (the “Environmental Overview”).  The Environmental Overview was prepared as part of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada 2013-2014 planning exercise, and is current as of January 2013.

Areas in blockquote are direct passages from the Environmental Overview.

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The Canadian Embassy in Dakar (“CIC Dakar”) provides visa services to Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal.  Remote printing facilities are available in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, and Mali.

Dakar has been managing multiple changes and challenges over the past years in addition to catching up on inventories built from the crisis in Ivory Coast: developing operational structure and tools; training new staff (2 positions were filled in in Summer 2012); implementing 5 VACs in 2011-2012; finalizing closure of satellite offices in the region early 2012; office move to new facilities in June 2012; operational response to crisis in Mali in 2012 and again in 2013; implementing new regional positions over Summer 2012.

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Area travel takes time and is expensive. Availability of routes and airline services is slowly improving but routings remain complicated and trips often require one to multiple stopover(s) when travelling to Central Africa. Furthermore, flight schedules are rarely conducive to flying during hours of work. The average cost of a 1-week area trip (airfare, accommodations, and per diems) is $2500-$3000, with trips to remote areas such as Cameroon, Chad or Central African Republic costing even more (around $4000-$5000), and requiring more time. Country conditions are taken into account when organizing area trips in light of the political instability and in high-level organized criminal and/or terrorist activity in the region.

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