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Deportation of Asylum Seekers – Canada Recommends Major Changes To The IRPA

The Canadian government has recommended that changes be made to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) to simplify and accelerate the asylum claims process. This recommendation has been made in Ottawa’s 2024 budget announcement. 

While specific details of the proposed changes are not available, migrant rights activists have raised concerns about the potential impact of this proposal on the migrants’ rights.

There has been a surge in asylum claims in Canada recently. 46,736 applications have been filed for asylum since March this year, marking a 62 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

This has resulted in a backlog of 186,000 applications, prompting the federal government to allocate $743.5 million over five years to address the problem.

The government is also reexamining its detention practices for migrants. Following all provinces’ decisions to discontinue collaboration with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for holding migrants, plans are underway to hold them in federal penitentiaries rather than provincial jails.

Immigration Minister Marc Miller has introduced measures such as re-imposing visa requirements for Mexicans entering Canada, implementing a cap on international study permit applications, and reducing the number of hours international students can work while studying in Canada. 

These actions aim to manage immigration levels and address concerns about housing affordability and labor shortages.

However, economists warn that reducing immigration could worsen demographic challenges and negatively impact the economy in the long term. They point out how immigration has historically played a crucial role in mitigating the economic effects of an aging population. 

Slowing population growth may not be the best way to address housing affordability issues.

The specifics of the amendments to the IRPA and their implications for migrants and the broader Canadian society remain unclear despite these proposed changes.

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