Things have started getting out of Canadian government’s hand, and the senior officials have taken the decision to reject more asylum seekers. They’ve already brought down the total number of claims that are accepted as the percentage came down from 53 percent in 2017 to 40 percent in the first quarter of 2018. According to Immigration and Refugee Board, no claims were finalized in the first quarter of 2017. An official also confirmed that the board hadn’t received any directive on how to deal with illegal immigrants. It is government’s first duty to protect its citizens and safeguard the immigration system.
Asylum seekers are crossing the US – Canada border increased in January 2017 and reached its peak in the summer when Haitians crossed after Donald Trump ended their Temporary Protected Status. It has put a strain on Canada’s immigration system, and the backlog has only increased. The Canadian government thought that the influx was because Trump is canceling TPS and would reduce, but it has only increased. This year, Canada received the most number of asylum seekers from Nigeria, who is on the brink of a civil war. The country received 7,600 Nigerian asylum seekers in the first quarter of 2018. Nigerians apply for a US visa, they go to the country and do touristy things, then walk their way to Quebec province where they walk up to immigration authorities to claim asylum.
The Canadian government was concerned that the count would increase as the temperatures increase, so Ahmed Hussen, immigration minister of Canada visited Nigeria to talked with the government about discouraging Nigerians to enter the country illegally. At the same time, senior officials from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada spoke with their American counterparts to request them to tighten visa rules for Nigerian applicants. Hussen made sure that he didn’t hurt sentiments of those come to Canada legally for studying or permanent residency.