The item below is an RCMP Press Release about Asylum Seekers at the Canada–U.S. border. It was issued on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. To make the press release clearer, we have capitalized some words and added parentheses.
5,530 illegals intercepted crossing into Quebec in August: RCMP
The number of people seeking asylum in Canada is now the highest it has been since 2009, driven in part by a surge in asylum seekers showing up at the Canada-U.S. border.
New statistics released Tuesday (SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada show that as of THE END OF AUGUST OF THIS YEAR, 27,440 claims for of asylum have been filed in Canada IN THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2017 TO AUGUST 31, 2017. a peak since record highs of between 36,000 and 33,000 in 2008 and 2009.
And the numbers are expected to continue to rise. During a briefing Monday with immigration organizations in New York City, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said based on current trends, Canada could see 40,000 claimants by the end of the year.
At current levels, the federal and provincial governments are looking at a bill of at least $353.9 million to $548.8 million to process claims and provide the required services – the cost per claim ranges from $12,900 to $20,000, according to the Immigration Department.
As of August, 13,211 people have been intercepted (IN AUGUST ALONE) trying to make a similar journey INTO ALL OF CANADA. While the numbers are highest in Quebec, British Columbia registered a spike of its own last month. There, 102 people were stopped, up from 51 the month before. A dedicated Immigration and Refugee Board team has been seconded to deal with large groups of arrivals claiming asylum from the same countries. The vast majority in Quebec are of Haitian descent; in Manitoba this year, most were Somalian.