Claims are coming in fast and furious since Donald Trump’s so-called travel ban.
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“We always understand what people have to go through to seek safety and security,” – Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen
Between the lines, Hussen believes there’s nothing for Canadians to be worried about.
The government is already supporting border crossings. Any refugees that pass over the border has to apply through the Immigration and Refugee Board.
The problem is, there’s already a backlog of 19,000 claims according to the Board’s website.
Hussen believes the newly overturned ban had ‘no effect’ on the number of asylum claims coming to Canada.
Thomas Mulcair, leader of the NDP, disagrees.
“Wait to see what happens when the weather warms up,” he told reporters after Question Period on February 17.
“We’re going to face a situation that we’ve never seen before.”
– Thomas Mulcair, leader of the NDP.
This wouldn’t be the first time that asylum claims have spiked in Canada. There was a 330 per cent increase in the number of Syrian refugee claims made in Canada between 2011 and 2015 according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.