No surprise here, the changes to Canada's immigration and refugee system has resulted in a significant drop to the numbers of individuals seeking protection here. It's not just the number of referrals, last year Canada accepted the fewest number of refugees in almost a decade and half. The top-10 refugee source countries are China, Columbia, Pakistan, Syria, North Korea, Nigeria, Haiti, Croatia, Afghanistan, and the Republic of Congo.
Six months after legislative reforms were made to Canada’s refugee system, the number of people applying for refugee status is down approximately 70 per cent, and advocates fear the changes amount to a crackdown on refugees.
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The changes to Canada's immigration and refugee system include economic disincentives that include weeks to have a claim determined instead of years, removal of failed refugees within a year, restriction of other (duplicative) avenues to remain here and denial of health care benefits and work permits to those from designated safe countries. Critics say that the changes will mean that more individuals will go underground and not make a refugee claim although I am not aware of any evidence in support of this assertion.
Raj Sharma JD LLM