As of late, Canada has seen a fresh surge of illegal migrant arrivals, most of them from Africa, escaping the US in fear of being sent back and crossing into the northernmost American country.
According to the latest available Canadian police data, some 2,600 people crossed the border illegally in April alone, leaving some to fear that this early start to the summer migration will mean that 2018 will easily surpass the 8,500 asylum seekers that arrived in the warmer months of 2017.
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Canada has mostly been able to pick which migrants it wanted to allow in its territory as Europe received the migrants from Africa and the Middle East and the US got illegals from Mexico and Central America.
If the Canadian government then wanted to ‘help’, it chose which migrants it thought it could best use. But in recent years this has changed, certainly, since the election of Donald Trump as President of the US, many illegals in its southern neighbor are afraid of being sent back and cross into Canada in ever greater numbers.
Mr Irene Bloemraad, who chairs the Canadian studies at University of California, Berkeley, claims: “It forces Canadians, who have always patted themselves on the back for being very open to immigration, very welcoming, to deal with the kinds of challenges Italy, Greece, and others have been facing and to realize it’s not so easy.”
Conservative politicians all across Canada are at the same time warning against the surge. They are welcoming the changing political landscape they face as more and more rural Canadians see their cities change, and turn away from Prime Minister Trudeau’s welcoming policy, which they fear will use up the monies put aside for migration faster than foreseen, leaving them to foot the bill.
Ms. Audrey Macklin, who teaches migration law at the University of Toronto: “Canadians certainly are very proud of their recent record of resettling Syrian refugees,” whilst at the same time agreeing that “I think that their views about people who make asylum claims at the border are more volatile.”