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International News: Canada sees high number of asylum requests from Mexicans

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2024. 1:13 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On February 20, 2024, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that his government is addressing a complaint from Canada over the high number of asylum requests from Mexicans.

According to Reuters, data from the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Commission show that between January and September 2023, Mexicans made the most asylum requests, with 17,500, well above Haitians, who made the second-highest number of requests with just over 8,500.

“We are dealing with it, he raised it with me in San Francisco, in the bilateral meeting we held, that they had that concern,” the Mexican President stated.

In addition, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted that discussions are ongoing with Mexico in an attempt to reduce the number of asylum requests by Mexicans.

Trudeau also said some people receive support from organized crime to reach Canadian territory.

“There is an increase in asylum requests and we have to see if they are really people who require asylum or if it is a means to enter Canada,” the Mexican President added.

The Mexican and Canadian Foreign Ministers and in discussions following this concern.

 

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