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The number of asylum claims in Canada will rise by 66% in 2024

The number of asylum claims in Canada will rise by 66% in 2024

The number of asylum claims in Canada rose by 66% in early 2024 compared with the same period last year, according to data published by Immigration Canada.

On March 31, 2023, Canada and the United States closed the Roxham Road, used by asylum seekers to cross the land border into the province of Quebec and file their claims, and the number of interceptions by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the Quebec border decreased from over 4,000 operations per month to just a few dozen, but this did not limit the total number of arrivals in the country, which became mainly using airports.

In the first four months of 2024, according to the Ministry of Immigration, the number of applications in Ontario almost tripled, from 11,915 to 31,820, and the total in Quebec remains fairly stable, rising from 22,605 to 22,905 for the first four months of this year, during which the total number of refugee applications in Canada rose from 37,480 to 621,180.

Ontario now receives 51% of applicants, compared with 36% a year earlier, and this change alleviates the imbalance between the two provinces in refugee intake that Quebec has complained about in the past.

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