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Trump effect - Rise in illegal immigration in Canada

Trump effect - Rise in illegal immigration in Canada

Nov 15,2016

US President-Elect Donald Trump’s vow to put a stop to illegal immigration could result in some immigrants entering Canada, according to experts. Trump rose to win the elections on the back of a promise to deport immigrants staying in the US illegally which could result in most them choosing to move to Canada to maintain their lifestyle.

Guidy Mamann, an Immigration lawyer said, “For Mexicans who have been there for a long time, gotten used to a better way of living, a better life, if they start feeling the heat from American authorities rather than head south they may very well decide to head north.”

Although Trump estimated around 11 million illegal immigrants initially, he has estimated around two to three million that would be deported since his victory and also stood by his stance to build a wall across the border. In an interview with CBS, Trump said, “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, we have a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate”

Many people who enter Canada choose a variety of manners; by a boat, swimming rivers across from the US or by foot. Around 487 individuals were, in 2011, caught seeking to illegally enter Canada in remote locations, according to a report obtained from the Canadian Press. This information is only about  those who were apprehended, while the number of people who successfully entered is unknown. Plenty of people illegally living in Canada choose to come for a  visit, but then  never leave.

VISA not required for Mexicans visiting Canada

Simultaneously as Trump  was elected, Canada lifted Visa requirements for Mexicans. As  announced by Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister… the new rules would apply from 1st of December. Initially a visa was required to pre-screen as a number of people would just show up to make a case for  asylum. .

Evan Green, a Canadian Immigration lawyer, suggested that this new rule might allow Mexicans to directly come to Canada. ‘Global news’ however, was notified through an executive at the Calgary Mexican-Canadian Cultural society, that climate and geographical location of Canada could be a deterrent. 

Increase in Immigration staff not in pipeline

Increase in the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff isn’t on the cards as mentioned by a spokesperson for the department. “There are no current plans to modify staffing levels,”, wrote the spokesperson.

Via email follow up, the department mentioned, “Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is currently working with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Mexican officials to lay the groundwork for the visa lift. This will include measures to identify and deter irregular migration at the source; including bolstering cooperation on travel document integrity and traveller screening.” 

“Canadian and Mexican officials will meet regularly to take stock of ongoing work in these areas and to monitor migration trends.”

Canada also has plans to issue permanent residency to anywhere between 280000 to 320000 people applying.


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