According to a La Presse article “More than 700 asylum seekers have reportedly crossed the border illegally from the United States since Friday.”
Jean-Pierre Fortin, national president of the Customs and Immigration Union (SDI), in an interview with Canadian Press commented that about 120 to 150 people had crossed the border irregularly daily since Easter weekend, including 150 on Wednesday.
Quebec estimates $146 million to be the additional spending needed to handle the unusual flow of asylum seekers at the border for just 2017 alone.
These numbers are very concerning as Canada took in roughly 25,000 Syrian refugees and has had a difficult time properly integrating those groups into Canadian society.
If the rate of border crossings continue or increase more than 4000 new individuals would be coming to Canada per month.
It’s unclear what will happen to the new wave of migrants. Last year, thousands were housed in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, where rows of cots were set up. At the border, tents were placed to help process the migrants.
What is obvious though is that our immigration and refugee system cannot handle this load.
Last year, the Immigration and Refugee Board had 47,000 new asylum claims. That’s double the number of claims in 2012.
Furthermore, the Immigration and Refugee Board is only able to hear about 2,000 cases each month. At the moment, wait times for a new hearing last about 20 months.
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