Toronto is Canada’s largest city and most populated by immigrants and going through a major illegal immigration crisis. That hasn’t stopped the local government from building a temporary residence for asylum seekers so that who come to the city during the summers. It is definitely a rare move for a city which is swamped with a crisis. Apart from building refugee shelter, college dorms will accommodate around 800 asylum seekers in the summers. This plan will only work until August because colleges will start in September and it will start getting colder, so they’ll have to think of a new plan, and there isn’t much time to come up with one.
After Donald Trump became the US president, more than 27,000 illegal immigrants crossed the US – Canada border in that most of them were Haitians, Salvadorans, and Hondurans, whose temporary protected status was canceled by the president of US. Francisco Rico, co-director, FCJ Refugee Centre, Toronto, said that influx of asylum seekers had put excessive pressure on Canada’s backlogged refugee seeking system. He called the temporary residence a bandage, and it doesn’t help for the long term but gives them some months to come up with a solid plan. According to a bilateral agreement with the United States, Canada is supposed to turn away illegal immigrants, but that rule no more stands true with Canadian government’s values.
Issue with Nigerians
At the same time, the federal government is starting to reject a higher number of asylum claims from Nigerians who enter Canada by crossing the US – Canada border. Already 7,600 Nigerians have crossed the border between January and March 2018. These Nigerians apply for a US travel visa, and when they get it, they travel to the United States, roam for a few days and then walk their way into Canada. To dissolve the issue, Ahmed Hussen, Canadian immigration minister, had to travel Nigeria.