Confronted with a growing number of migrants entering illegally from the U.S., Canadian public safety officials have ordered the deportation of asylum seekers whose refugee applications have been denied.
Among those denied asylum are what Canada’s government considers security threats.
The order to ramp up deportations was issued by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale in response to an influx of migrants illegally crossing the border into Canada over the last 16 months.
The department tasked with immigration enforcement, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), is expected to banish over 10,000 illegal migrants by the end of Canada’s fiscal year, which ends in March 2019.
Over the past decade alone, Canada has deported over 135,000 illegal migrants, although 25 percent less refugee applicant rejects were on pace to be removed from the country in 2018 compared to last year.
Deemed a priority, CBSA officials say say the agency is intent on removing all illegal migrants and has witnessed its annual budget increased by $7.46 million to make certain denied applicants are removed from the country.
“While Canada is a humanitarian country that has welcomed many immigrants and asylum-seekers over the years, those coming to our country are expected to abide by our laws and processes,” a CBSA spokesperson said.
As of early September, estimates place the number of illegal migrants in Canada at 32,000. Nearly 400 of the denied asylum claimants have been deported to over 53 countries since April 2017. A majority of those deported originated in Haiti, Colombia, Turkey and Iraq.
In all, over 36,000 refugees have crossed the border into Canada from the U.S. since the beginning of 2017.
Although Canada has a lengthy application exercise for migrants to the country which includes an appeals procedure, rejected applicants are being expatriated primarily for illegal entry.
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