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Canada’s Asylum System Has Backlog of 180,000 Claims

Logan D Suza

Canada has a backlog of around 180,000 asylum seekers waiting for decisions on their claims

Canada has a backlog of around 180,000 asylum seekers waiting for decisions on their claims, according to a Senate committee hearing. This has led to long wait times for asylum seekers.

The number of asylum claims in Canada has been growing. Last year, Canada received 144,000 asylum claims.

The federal government has been providing some financial support to asylum seekers while they wait for a decision on their claims. This includes interim federal health benefits, access to legal aid, and work permits. The government has also been providing interim housing support since 2017.

The costs of housing and supporting asylum seekers are in the hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2023, Canada spent $767 million on hotels and meals for refugees and asylum seekers. The government has given nearly $750 million to provinces and municipalities to help with asylum housing since 2017.

Canada is a country with a high immigration rate. A recent Statistics Canada report estimated that by 2041, over 50 percent of those living in Canada would be immigrants and their Canadian-born children.

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