The Canada Border Providers Company says it turned again 21 individuals who tried to enter the nation from the U.S. in Might to say asylum.
The CBSA says 17 have been despatched again to the U.S. from the Quebec area and 4 have been despatched again from the Pacific area after they have been stopped by the RCMP coming into between formal border management factors.
The 21 have been turned away below the foundations governing the present shutdown of the Canada-U.S. border to non-essential visitors with the intention to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19.
Earlier than that closure, tons of of individuals a month entered away from official border factors to have the ability to declare asylum.
The primary settlement sealing the border allowed Canada to show all of them away, however after criticism Canada was abandoning its obligations to refugees, the foundations have been relaxed to permit some individuals to file claims.
To take action, they need to be exempt from the Secure Third Nation Settlement that governs refugee claims on the Canada-U.S. border.
The settlement is predicated on the premise each international locations are protected and a refugee claimant ought to search asylum in whichever of the 2 international locations she or he enters first.
For that cause, most individuals can be turned away in the event that they present up at a daily border crossing and request asylum.
The exceptions embody unaccompanied minors and those that have already got members of the family in Canada.
Variety of profitable claims
Statistics from the federal authorities present that 185 claims have been filed at land border places of work final month.
Those that do not qualify for the exemption can nonetheless file claims as soon as they’re within the nation, which is what has pushed many to enter — usually on foot — between formal border factors and make claims as soon as they arrive.
In line with the newest figures from the Immigration and Refugee Board, between February 2017 and March 2020, 58,255 irregular border crossers lodged claims in Canada.
Solely 28,644 instances have been heard up to now. Of these, 14,420 have been accepted, 11,948 have been rejected, and the remaining have been withdrawn or deserted.