It all comes down to branding and unlike the previous Conservative government that branded itself as tough on illegal immigration and asylum seekers, the Liberals came into power seeking to present themselves as immigrant and refugee friendly. But this week given the sobering reality of an unending stream of asylum seekers from the US, PM Justin Trudeau chose to deliver an unusual warning to asylum seekers who believe Canada will grant them automatic asylum.
“For someone to successfully seek asylum it’s not about economic migration. It’s about vulnerability, exposure to torture or death, or being stateless people. If they are seeking asylum we’ll evaluate them on the basis of what it is to be a refugee or asylum seeker,” said PM Trudeau.
It remains to be seen if those words will be enough to make asylum seekers think twice before crossing Canada’s border. – CINEWS