Irregular entries: 10% of Haitians have been granted refugee status in Canada

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Last summer, the number of people attempting to enter Canada off the checkpoints, including Haitians, has jumped to 250 per day.

The majority of asylum seekers who have crossed irregularly the border in Canada so far this year are Haitians, and to this day, only 10% of their applications have been accepted, indicate the data presented on Wednesday.


Since February, the immigration and refugee board has received a total of 14 467 applications from individuals who have made illegal entry at the border, and the proportion of requests accepted is 60 %.


The fact that the number of applications from Haitians who have obtained a positive response of “very low” should serve as a warning for those considering still cross the border between the United States and Canada illegally, said the federal minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen.


Mr. Hussen was reminded that coming to Canada had to be done by the ” regular channels “, and that the system of refugees is applied only to persons with a genuine need of protection.


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A large number of people have attempted to enter Canada outside of the control stations this summer, after the government of the United States had warned that a temporary status of residence was reviewed. A little less than 60 000 Haitians are affected by this program thereby enabling them to avoid deportation.


At the end of July and early August, the number of people attempting to enter Canada outside of the control stations has jumped to 250 per day. The number has dropped considerably since this time, but the fear of exploding again has arisen this week, as the administration Trump has in effect announced the end by July 2019 of the temporary status of residence.


“We continue to prepare ourselves,” said Mr. Hussen, Wednesday.


A meeting is arranged for Thursday with officials at the provincial and federal oversight with regard to the question of refugees at the border. Among other things, they would examine the statistics of the immigration and refugee board, which is available in the requests by countries where there are alleged risks of persecution.


Haiti is at the top, with 6304 requests in total. Only 298 of these requests have been finalised, and 29 were accepted. Nigeria is second, with 1911 requests in total, and then comes Turkey, with 631 requests.


Those whose application has been rejected can appeal in some cases, and if this fails, they may be at risk of deportation.


Mr. Hussen said ignore how many appeals were lodged, and how many people — if there were — have been deported from Canada.

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