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Canada: parliament studies freezing the number of migrants to be welcomed in the years to come

Canada: parliament studies freezing the number of migrants to be welcomed in the years to come

Canada’s House of Commons has adopted a motion calling for a review of federal immigration targets this year and the holding of a meeting between Prime Ministers on the issue.

The text calls on the government to submit a plan to revise federal immigration targets based on the reception capacity of the country’s provinces and territories.

Federal Immigration Minister Marc Miller recently announced that Ottawa was maintaining the target of 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024.

He indicated that the target of 500,000 new permanent residents in 2025 also remained, but that a freeze would come into force in 2026.

The federal government recently released $362.4 million to facilitate the reception of asylum seekers. This funding is intended for the country’s provinces and municipalities to cushion the costs related to temporary housing for asylum seekers.

Miller acknowledged that the federal government should deploy more efforts to support the provinces in dealing with the influx of migrants.

The Border Services Agency and the Department of Immigration processed a record 144,035 asylum applications in 2023, an increase of 56% compared to 2022.

Last year, international airports in Quebec and Ontario were the main points of entry into the country for asylum seekers. The airports of Quebec and Ontario welcomed 25,755 and 14,340 asylum seekers respectively.

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