Understanding the Rise of Mexican Migration to Canada

Jisong Jian, Abdou Chekaraou Ibrahim

Abstract

This article shows that the number of people seeking asylum in Canada from Mexico continues and has increased at an exponential rate. Canada has become a favorite destination for Mexican asylum seekers while Canada accepts their claims at an alarmingly low rate compared to those from other nations. We argue that the reason Mexicans choose Canada to claim refugee status is due to Canada’s long history of open immigration policies and especially its economic and temporary labor agreements. These policies give the impression to Mexicans that they are welcome in Canada. This proved to be untrue when Canada changed its immigration and refugee policies in response, specifically, to the overwhelming number of Mexican refugee claims.

Keywords

Human Rights; Refugee Claimants; Mexico; Canadian Government; Temporary Foreign Worker Program; NAFTA; Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

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