Due to the pandemic crossings for asylum seekers were banned citing health and safety concerns.
- Asylum seekers will have to follow the COVID-19 norms of Canada, be quarantined and tested.
- Asylum seekers’ numbers not to reach at 2017, 2018 levels, reveals Janet Dench.
- People who land on Canadian soil through the air, can still lay claim to asylum seekers.
Asylum-seekers hoping to pass the border at unauthorized border points, along with Quebec’s Roxham Road, will once more be allowed to go into the nation to make a claim.
The federal authorities lifted the ban on Sunday, bringing up the enhancing public fitness scenario and the re-commencing of the land border with the United States. The ban, which has been in the area due to the fact overdue March of the closing year, noticed might-be refugees denied on the border and back to the United States.
Now, the ones crossing at unofficial crossings will over again be allowed to go into the nation to assert asylum and continue to be in Canada.
Janet Dench, the exec. director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, stated the border must in no way had been closed to refugees withinside the first area however become thrilled to see it re-opened.
In a statement, the workplace for the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship stated that all asylum seekers “should adhere to strict public fitness measures,” which include a quarantine duration and checking out for COVID-19.
The Canadian authorities stated that, thru a settlement with the United States, asylum seekers who turned away will nevertheless be allowed to post a claim now that the measures had been lifted.
The authorities additionally stated it expects to peer greater asylum seekers arriving at crossings along with Roxham Road.
However, it does now no longer assume numbers to upward push to 2017 and 2018 stages whilst heaps of asylum seekers might arrive at Roxham Road each month.
Those who arrive via way of means of air also can make an asylum claim as soon as they come on Canadian soil.