32,000 asylum seekers entered, 6,000 work permits awarded, 9 deported

This spike is likely caused the 13,211 who entered illegally, mostly through the Quebec border.

The numbers were revealed as the House of Commons public safety committee received a briefing “on the issue of asylum seekers irregularly entering Canada from the United States” on Thursday.

Work Permits

There has been around 5,600 awarded temporary health coverage, and another 6,000 who have received expedited work permits.

Massive lineups where seen at Montreal’s labor and employment office earlier this year as work permit applications opened.

While the government is touting this numbers as successes, critics say the resources are being diverted away from the main issue.

Opposition Response

“Instead of actually addressing the illegal border crossing situation, Prime Minister Trudeau has been […] diverting resources away from legitimate refugees who are fleeing persecution and violence,” Tory MP Michelle Rempel said in a release.

Costs & Risks

One document released by the committee even expressed a fear that immigration workers, border agents and RCMP members would “burnout” and that to deal with the influx, the government would quickly need to invest heavily.

Officials also expressed concerns that Canada’s refugee system would be pushed past its limits.

Immigration officials can only process 14,500 asylum seekers a year with available resources, but we are likely to hit over 40,000 seekers during the 2016-2017 period.


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