Canada: Rising asylum and immigration applications cause a humanitarian crisis

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After an increase in asylum and immigration applications to Canada during the past year 2023, the Canadian Border and Immigration Services Agency processed about 144 thousand files.

Quebec is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis

Quebec is currently on the verge of a humanitarian crisis, especially with the continued influx of asylum applications, as asylum applications in Canada have jumped by 56%.

The majority of Quebec's population depends on immigration

Recent studies announced by one of the institutes specializing in immigration, and according to what was published by the France24 website, indicate that the majority of Quebec’s population depends on immigration to combat the aging population and the labor shortage.

But studies conducted by the Canadian Institute show that 61% believe that Canada welcomes too many immigrants.

Measures to prevent Mexican citizens from traveling

It is worth noting that Canadian Immigration Minister Mark Miller announced the government's intention to issue visas and other measures to prevent Mexican citizens from traveling by air to the country to seek asylum.

The Canadian Immigration Minister revealed that the lack of visa requirements for Mexican travelers means more refugees will arrive by plane.

It is also mentioned that Ottawa is under great pressure due to its immigration policies, as it is primarily responsible for exacerbating the housing crisis, as some of the services provided by the provinces, such as education and health care, struggle to keep pace with population growth.

A new humanitarian path

Perhaps the reasons why asylum requests also increased significantly last year is due to the Canadian government announcing a “new humanitarian path” that allows Sudanese and non-Sudanese citizens who resided in Sudan when the conflict began on April 15, 2023.

They can now be reunited with their family members who are Canadian citizens, and grant them permanent residency with them in Canada, but she stressed that for the applicant to be eligible, he must be a child of any age, a grandchild, a parent, a grandfather, or a brother, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Lives in Canada.

It is also worth noting that these new procedures build on the temporary immigration procedures already in place for Sudanese residents temporarily in Canada, who may not be able to return to their homeland due to the situation in their country, and for family members of Canadians and permanent residents who fled Sudan and came to Canada before July 15, 2023. .

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