We all know that Canada is open to refugees and asylum seekers. After Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau opened his arms to Syrian refugees, and much more are traveling to Canada to seek asylum. Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada approved 90,000 asylum claims between January 2013 and September 2017.
A claim is approved on three points – where the refugee comes from, why they fled their country, and can they stay in Canada. The claim approval rate has increased from 44 percent in 2013 to 70 percent between January and September 2017. The acceptance rates reached that height in 1991. The main reason for an increase in approval rates is because, since 2012, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada need to process a claim within 60 days as compared to the 18 months earlier. Board members need to make a decision based on the information they collect in 60 days. So if they want to find the person’s criminal record in Mexico, which takes more than three months to process, can’t be done.
But that’s not wrong at all. The board is working as efficiently as possible, and the results are only positive. Catherine Dauvergne, dean, Allard Law School, University of British Columbia, said that it might also be because of the 2013 course the board members had to study. In the same year, many old members were replaced by new, another reason why the process is a lot faster. In Between January 2013 to September 2017, the top reason to leave the home country was political activism. People are scared that war between two political parties or between the government and civilians can lead to death.
Countries with the highest number of asylum seekers
Most numbers of asylum seekers were from China in 2013, but it has dramatically reduced in 2017. Asylum seekers from Hungary have reduced over the time, but those from Nigeria, Turkey, and Syria have significantly increased.