The head of Amnesty International Canada is citing the new return-to-Mexico policy at the southern U.S. border to renew demands that Ottawa suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.
A Dutch Protestant church ended a months-long, round-the-clock service Wednesday that started in October to protect a family of Armenian asylum-seekers from deportation after the government announced changes to its immigration policy.
The federal Liberals plan to spend an extra $114.7 million to help pay for temporary housing for asylum seekers -- a sum Ontario's government criticized as being hundreds of millions short of what is needed.
The arms-length agency that processes refugee claims in Canada estimated it would need twice as much money as it will ultimately receive to significantly tackle a major backlog in asylum claims, caused in part from an influx of irregular migrants.
As the number of irregular asylum seekers arriving in Canada appears to be slowing, work is quietly underway to speed up refugee processing and address a major backlog of asylum claims that has been growing steadily since early 2017.
For more than a month, a rotating roster of preachers has been leading a non-stop, round-the-clock service at a small Protestant chapel in The Hague in an attempt to shield a family of Armenian asylum-seekers from deportation.
Asylum seekers who entered Canada irregularly last year will cost federal organizations $340 million -- an amount projected to balloon to almost $400 million by the end of 2019, the federal budget watchdog says.