TORONTO (AP) _ A Canadian Immigration Department report has concluded that Gypsies were neither mistreated nor told to go home when they arrived at Toronto's Pearson airport claiming refugee status.

The department ordered the probe last August after Gypsies _ who refer to themselves as Roma _ from the Czech Republic said airport officers had discouraged them from making refugee claims when they arrived.

At the time, Toronto lawyer George Kubes said people were intimidated and told to go back home.

``These complaints or allegations were unfounded,'' Irene Bader, the department's Ontario chief, said in a letter to Pearson officers.

The Roma were among more than 1,000 refugee claimants who flooded into Canada between August and October, when visa requirements were imposed on Czech nationals.