Asylum seekers: Ottawa sends three agents in Nigeria

Demandeurs d’asile: Ottawa envoie trois agents au Nigéria

If the liberals of Philippe Couillard think that Ottawa has made a “step in the right direction”, on Monday, the Parti québécois believes that the prime minister Justin Trudeau should “correct” its mistake last year.

Three representatives from Canada have been assigned to Lagos to work with the visa officers of the United States, because of the high proportion of asylum-seekers from Nigeria who have legally resided in the United States for a short period before crossing the border into Quebec.

This measure was announced Monday in Montreal by the federal ministers Ahmed Hussen, Marc Garneau, Ralph Goodale, who are respectively responsible for Immigration, Transport and public Safety.

The minister Hussen will also travel to Nigeria this month to discuss with the nigerian authorities.

The government of Quebec has, however, recalled that the processing time of asylum applications was a “major issue.”

“While $ 74 million of federal funds will go specifically to the reduction of the processing time of asylum applications, it is important that the federal government accelerate the processing of applications to meet the deadline of 60 days set in 2012,” said the press secretary of the minister of Immigration, David Heurtel.

For the Parti québécois (PQ), prime minister Justin Trudeau is expected to correct its mistake last year.

The words of the federal minister Marc Garneau who said that a little over 90% of asylum-seekers who cross the border on foot do not meet the criteria and are sent home, the head of the PQ’s Jean-François Lisée has invited prime minister Trudeau to send this message to asylum seekers in order to correct the shot. According to Mr. Lisée, last year, the prime minister would have “invited the migrants to come” in Canada.

New facilities

In addition, new facilities for short-term stays during the processing procedures at Lacolle will be managed to mitigate the pressure on the resources of Quebec.

The working group with the province of Ontario has undertaken to develop a triage system to allow asylum seekers who arrive in Quebec to choose other destinations, and representatives of Ontario recently conducted a fact-finding mission to Quebec in order to advance the work on the triage system.

“In its role as a humanitarian actor and social affairs, the Québec maintains the services that it offers to asylum-seekers but it must also do so in respect of its actual capacity, which is already achieved,” said the office of the minister Heurtel. With The canadian Press


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