Sikh Asylum Cases See Spurt as Canada Acknowledges Revival of Separatism
The ‘Refugee Claims Analysis Report’, compiled by the Intelligence and Analysis section of the Canada Border Services Agency, which IANS has accessed, shows that in the first six months of 2018, the number of refugee claims (asylum seeking applications) shot up to 1,805, surpassing the total figure of 1,487 claims made in the entire 2017.
The refugee claims made in the first six months of 2018 are over 310 percent of the total claims made in 2016, which stood at 582.
And there is no end to the claims being made, with Canadian authorities expecting the number of cases to jump up to 4,200 this year (2018) – an increase of nearly 720 percent over 2016 and nearly 285 percent compared to figures of 2017.
“While claims were filed in all CBSA regions, most were filed in QUE (Quebec province) region (1,363), specifically at Montreal Immigration (898),” the RCAR pointed out. A total of 1,088 of these were male applicants and 717 females.
“With over 1,800 claims, mid-year numbers for 2018 have already surpassed total 2017 numbers. Indian nationals made the majority (63 percent) of their claims at inland offices (1,145), followed by airport mode (614 claims; 34 percent). Most claimants were born in Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu,” the report has stated.