Safe Third Country Agreement: Canada to Welcome Refugees

Safe Third Country Agreement is about to get reformed, and it will let refugees to request protection whichever country they first come to.

The Safe Third Country Agreement is currently in process to get reformed. Basically this means that refugees coming to the US-Canada border can ask for refugee protection. Refugees can ask for protection whichever the first country they arrive in. More refugees in the nation means Canada’s linguistic and cultural diversity getting even more diversified.

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What’s the Safe Third Country Agreement?

Well, this agreement is basically about giving the refugees coming from troubled countries to ask for protection in either the US or Canada. They can do so in any country they first arrive in. 

The U.S. President, Joe Biden, is visiting Canada for the first time since his tenure started two years ago. This visit is to update the Agreement. Both the countries have announced to make reformations. 

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, is meeting the US president. They will be discussing a few important issues regarding the Ukraine-Russia situation, and the situation in Haiti. 

The Agreement is going to get updates, and this means that the whole Canada-US border will be under the Agreement. Now, this will also include undesignated as well as designated ports of entry. This Agreement clearly states that the refugees have the option to request refugee protection. Unless they are an exception to the Agreement, they do qualify for this claim. 

Agreement applies to refugees who come by train or at an airport, or at Canada-US border crossings. However, if a refugee was refused in the US, and they were in transit via Canada, and if they are coming to an airport, only then can they ask for refugee protection in Canada. 

Canada made a pact to welcome over 15,000 migrants from the Western Hemisphere. This is bound to happen over the upcoming years. Canada is welcoming so many migrants on a humanitarian basis.

Canada Immigration Policies

Canada is one of the most popular destinations for newcomers. Canada’s population has increasingly grown over the years, and the immigrants constitute for almost a third of the growth. From the Census 2021, we see that around 1.3 million people are immigrants in Canada. Moreover, by the year 2025, Canada’s aim is to welcome around 500,000 new PRs or permanent residents. 

In 2021, Canada invited 80,990 family members, 252,975 skilled workers, and more than 70,000 people under refugee, humanitarian, or other categories. 

The nation, as of now, is facing a shortage of skilled professionals. Hence, it relies on skilled immigrants to fill the workforce gap. 

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Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati’s specialty lies in Canadian immigration matters along with crafting helpful, user-oriented content.

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