A family, claiming to be from Colombia, is arrested by RCMP officers as they cross the border into Canada from the U.S. as asylum seekers on April 18, 2018, near Champlain, N.Y. New figures from Statistics Canada say the number of asylum claims more than tripled between 2015 and 2018. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)
New figures out this morning from the national statistics agency show the number of asylum claims in Canada more than tripled between 2015 and 2018.
Statistics Canada says that in 2015, the year the Trudeau Liberals were elected, there were about 16,000 asylum claimants.
Two years later, in 2017, there were more than 50,000 claims.
Last year, Statistics Canada says, there were 55,000 claimants, showing the pace of growth had slowed, but the total was well above the previous peak for claimants a decade earlier.
Details from StatsCan also show that asylum claimants tend to be younger than the general population in Canada, and most are male.
Economically, asylum-seekers fare about the same as other immigrant groups: the longer they’re in the country, the higher their average salaries and wages.