No spike in asylum seekers using ‘anchor relatives’ to make refugee claims, data show
Thursday, August 16, 2018

There is no statistical evidence to show an increase in border crossers acting as “anchor relatives” to bring other family members into Canada, despite the tactic being flagged as a new phenomenon by the Canada Border Services Agency.

In a recent report to the parliamentary budget office, the CBSA indicated that border officers have noticed some refugee claimants who have crossed into Canada are now acting as “anchor relatives” for family members.

This allows their spouses, children, siblings, legal guardians, grandparents, aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews to cross at an official border entry and not be considered migrants. This also prevents them from being refused entry into Canada.

But data from Public Safety Canada shows this has not led to an increase in the number of asylum seekers using this loophole to come to Canada.

In fact the numbers are trending downward.

Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, asylum seekers who first arrive in the U.S. and then try to make a refugee claim in Canada at an official border crossing will be turned back unless they qualify for one of four exceptions — one of which is having a family member already in Canada.

Scott Bardsley, spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pointed to internal statistics gathered by the department showing there are actually fewer claimants using these exemptions to make refugee claims in Canada.

 

Source: The Globe and Mail by T. Wright. Read full article