Posted August 21, 2018 18:22:52Immigration Canada is looking into whether it was misleading about the number of people in the country who came to Canada as refugees.
A spokesperson for the Immigration Department said Monday that it is working to “understand” the discrepancy.
“I can confirm that we are investigating this and that we will work with the Government of Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board and relevant stakeholders to identify what happened,” the spokesperson said in an email.
The spokesperson said the Immigration department is looking at the issue, which has come to light after a report from the Canadian Press found that, at the end of June, only 4,832 people from the same refugee resettlement program applied for permanent residency in Canada.
This number represents less than 0.1 per cent of the 2.8 million refugees who entered Canada in 2018.
That number is a drop from the year before, when almost one million Canadians applied for residency in the United States.
Canada has also struggled to cope with a surge of refugees in the wake of a deadly jihadist attack on a crowded refugee camp in Quebec in January, which killed six Canadians.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the opening of a new immigration detention centre at the Quebec City airport.
It is expected to house between 2,500 and 3,000 people in one of the busiest immigration facilities in the world.
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told CBC News on Monday that the centre will be staffed with police officers and that the new centre will help alleviate some of the pressure facing refugees trying to get to Canada.
“There will be a new approach in terms of staffing,” Hussen said.
Canada’s government has faced a string of scandals over the past two years that have resulted in the resignation of the country’s prime minister, the resignation last week of its immigration minister, and the resignation this week of another immigration minister.”
We need to make sure that we have a humane, compassionate, and responsible approach.”
Canada’s government has faced a string of scandals over the past two years that have resulted in the resignation of the country’s prime minister, the resignation last week of its immigration minister, and the resignation this week of another immigration minister.
The RCMP has also been implicated in the case, with several men charged in connection with an alleged conspiracy to smuggle drugs into Canada.