Quebec is the most welcoming province for refugees and asylum seekers for illegal border crossers

Quebec is the most welcoming province for refugees and asylum seekers for illegal border crossers

Data from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) revealed that the number of refugee claims and asylum seekers has soared significantly in the province of Quebec over the past 12 months. A total of 672 people made claims upon crossing the US-Canada border by land last March, up 600 percent from the same month in the previous year. In fact, the number had already hit the 635 mark as early as February, compared to last year’s 99.
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Currently, the total number of asylum seekers in Canada has reached 2,719 for the first five months of 2017, with 1,993 of which were illegal crossers who opted to enter the country via Quebec. A total of 477 applications has also been made in Manitoba, 233 in British Columbia, and 14 in Saskatchewan. The province of Alberta and New Brunswick have one each.
The country’s total asylum claims have risen tremendously in the last six years. The CBSA is expecting the figure to double at 50,000 claimants before the year ends; eclipsing record-breaking numbers achieved in 2016 at 23,895 claimants.
All the provinces, as per the policy of the federal government, will receive all illegal crossers and aid them in processing their papers accordingly. However, this doesn’t mean that they would be automatically granted approval, as they still have to meet the requirements in accordance with the federal government’s and the particular province’s immigration laws. What the IRCC could guarantee, though, is a safe and harassment-free environment as they go through due process and await judgment from the province where they are currently in.

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