Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration meet to discuss latest developments in addressing the influx of asylum seekers entering Canada, Government of Canada

Members of the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration met yesterday to discuss latest developments in addressing the influx of asylum seekers entering Canada at irregular border crossings.

Federal Minister and Task Force Chair, Marc Garneau, started by welcoming the new member of the task Force, David Heurtel, who recently succeeded Kathleen Weil as Quebec’s Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion. Minister Garneau also took this opportunity to thank Minister Weil for her valuable support and collaboration in managing the influx of irregular migrants. He added that he is looking forward to working with Minister Heurtel and maintaining a positive and constructive relationship with the Province of Quebec.

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, followed with a brief overview of some of the key migration trends in the Americas. He stated that the region has witnessed a growth in irregular migration with movements of migrants from Central America, Cuba, Venezuela, and Haiti, among others, as well as an increase in the number of extra-continental arrivals from Asia and Africa.

Minister Hussen reported that new measures put in place to address the influx of irregular migration have made a difference, resulting in reduced backlog for eligibility interviews and issuance of work permits.

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