Our country is facing a new age of immigration. Since President Trump took office we’ve seen an influx of immigrants crossing into Canada seeking asylum. Since January 2017 the number of asylum seekers entering Quebec alone has increased from 315 per month to 884 per month, making it over 4000 people seeking refugee status in Canada so far this year. With national landmarks like the Olympic Stadium in Montreal being transformed into refugee centers, lined with cots and littered with informational flyers, Canada is having to quickly adjust to the demand for quick application processing times. Many are fleeing Trump’s new directives with respect to temporary and protected statuses mixed with many countries in the world facing unprecedented conflict and war.
Although many feel that the number of refugees entering Canada is high, these numbers are in fact extremely low when looking at other countries and their influx and most importantly, their acceptance of refugees. Today, about 65.5 million people in the world have been forcibly displaced out of their home. 1 out of every 200 children in the world is a refugee.
When looking at countries taking in refugees per capita, Canada drops to 20th place. Canada has taken about one (1) refugee for every 2000 people, compared to 30 in Sweden, 20 in Austria, or about a dozen in Germany, Finland or Norway.
It seems that Canada’s role in accepting and settling refugees has merely just begun…