Members of the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration meet to discuss latest influx
“Our exchanges today have demonstrated the importance of an open and continuing dialogue with our provincial partners. As we move forward, it’s imperative that we work together and build on the progress achieved in the last year.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Chair of the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration
”We will keep on working with Quebec and Ontario and the other provinces, as I believe that only together we can find innovative and creative solutions to best manage irregular migration.”
The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
“We remain committed to protecting the safety of Canadians and keeping our borders secure. We continue to ensure that Canadian law is applied and that our international obligations are respected.”
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
From January through March 2018, 12,145 asylum claims have been received across Canada. Of these claims, 42% were made by irregular migrants. The majority of irregular crossings have continued to take place in Quebec, with 96% of all RCMP interceptions being carried out in Lacolle.
The innovative IRCC mobile processing unit that was operational at the Lacolle POE from November 7, 2017 to February 9, 2018 processed 720 asylum seekers. The mobile unit is back at Lacolle now and processing claimants due to the recent increase in numbers.
In total, 12,500 work permits were issued to asylum claimants in Quebec, since April 1st 2017.
An additional 1,474 work permit applications have been approved for asylum claimants who entered Canada outside of Quebec
For questions related to irregular migration:
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
For questions related to the Task Force:
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
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