In January-February 2017, dramatically increased the number of applications for asylum in Canada, compared to the same period last year, reports Reuters.
In the first two months of this year, the asylum application filed 5.520 people, about 40% more than in the same period in 2016. If the trend continues that within 2017 after the petition is served about 33 thousand people.
The canadian police said that about 20% of the asylum seekers are illegal immigrants.
According to a survey conducted by Reuters in conjunction with Ipsos, almost half of Canadians (48%) favor the deportation of migrants who crossed the border illegally.
A month ago, the Minister of immigration, citizenship and refugee Canada Ahmed Husen (originally from Somalia) said that in 2017, the canadian authorities intend to grant asylum to about 1,200 Yazidis and representatives of some other groups affected by the «Islamic state». However, he noted that the government of Canada will not rush decision-making on asylum, because he wants to save, first of all, those whose life really is in danger. The Minister stressed that each asylum seeker will be a personal interview with a visa officer and safety officer, and will also include biometric verification and medical examination. The Ministry stressed that in addition to the state program of reception of refugees will be encouraged and the actions of private individuals sponsoring the visit to Canada of vulnerable groups identified by the government.
The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, in turn, said that his country would not deny shelter to undocumented migrants who cross the U.S.-canadian border immigration after the publication of the decree of the President of the United States Donald trump. «Canadians believe in our immigration system and the inviolability of our borders, that we help people who are looking for security,» he said, speaking before Parliament. Trudeau said he intends to hold the balance between the rigor of the system and the reception of people in need of assistance, to ensure the security of the country.
The flow of refugees from the USA to Canada intensified after the immigration Ordinance trump. In January 2017 asylum in Canada on the canadian-American border asked 452 people (in January 2016 such asylum was 137).