Friday, August 7, 2020
Home Health News Asylum seekers continue crossing into Canada despite coronavirus border shutdown

Asylum seekers continue crossing into Canada despite coronavirus border shutdown

New statistics show 21 people were apprehended by the RCMP crossing into Canada from the U.S. in May, despite the shutdown of the border.

That’s up from just six who were stopped in April, the first full month the border was closed to nearly everything but essential travel in a bid by the two countries to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Read more:
Lifting Canada’s border closure still too risky, Trudeau says

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says 1,390 people in total filed for asylum in Canada in May, and 1,570 did so in April.

Since 2017, nearly 57,000 people have crossed the border between Canada and the U.S. using unofficial entry points so they are able to file for asylum.

Story continues below advertisement

Read more:
Canada-U.S. border shutdown extended to July 21

The vast majority arrived in Quebec, and as they’ve awaited a decision on their claims, many found work in health care.

[ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]

With those positions now essential to the fight against COVID-19, the federal and Quebec governments are considering a program that could see asylum-seekers granted permanent residency.



© 2020 The Canadian Press


Source link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Also Read This

Surgeon General Urges the Public to Stop Buying Face Masks

The surgeon general on Saturday urged the public to stop buying masks, warning that it won’t help against the spread of the coronavirus but...

Coronavirus: Ontario residents bracing for mental health crisis triggered by COVID-19, polls suggests

TORONTO – A new poll from one of Canada’s leading mental health organizations says Ontario residents are bracing for a mental health crisis triggered...

Juicy Turkey Burgers

Yes, a turkey burger can be incredibly flavorful and juicy! The secret is in the type of ground turkey you use and in the...

Ontario health minister seen at LCBO while reportedly waiting for coronavirus test results

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott was seen shopping at an LCBO store while reportedly waiting for her coronavirus test results, but at a press...

CORONAVIRUS

COVID-19 Precautions 

  • Wash your hands frequently .
  • Maintain social distancing,
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene.
GET LIVE UPDATE