Canada destabilized by Trump’s migration policies

Canada destabilized by Trump’s migration policies
Canada destabilized by Trump’s migration policies

If Donald Trump is ever elected, Canada’s policy towards refugees and undocumented immigrants risks becoming untenable.

Trump has said he wants to open camps to receive refugees and undocumented immigrants. These camps would be guarded by the army. As already promised in 2016, he still wants to deport 15 to 20 million people.

If Trump were to institute such a policy, it is almost certain that the Supreme Court of Canada would bring down the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States. A country that deprives its refugees of freedom cannot be considered a safe third country.

It is obvious that under a new Trump presidency, many refugees or undocumented immigrants would migrate north.


What will the Trudeau government do if the number of asylum seekers knocking on our doors doubles, triples or quadruples? Where will all these people be housed? How will our health services or our schools absorb them?

Some good-hearted people will claim that where there’s a bargain for one, there’s a bargain for two.

Unfortunately, this naive and generous vision is false.

The 1.3 million additional inhabitants that Canada received last year constitute a significant factor in inflation. The 1.3 million additional inhabitants that Canada is on track to receive this year will also have serious inflationary effects. And that’s without taking into account the pressures on schools, health services and social services that these new residents impose.


In the United Kingdom, around 10% of cities are on the verge of declaring bankruptcy. These cities are closing their swimming pools and libraries. Some are even thinking of selling their museums or, at least, some of their works.

For what? The causes of this financial catastrophe are multiple. Populations are aging and less productive, but they require more care. The British government requires cities to offer a multitude of services, such as social housing, but does not transfer the funds necessary to finance them adequately.

But there are also other somewhat taboo reasons. Thus, in Birmingham, a city of nearly 1.2 million inhabitants, spending on social services has increased, in 10 years, from 51% of the budget to 61% of it. The number of city residents born outside the country jumped 5%. With him, literacy problems also increased.

Part of the problem is here. As long as a country can select the vast majority of its immigrants according to the needs of its labor market, everything is fine. But when it can no longer do this, the system collapses.

We are increasingly in the second type of scenario. The refugee treaty is becoming dangerous for the economy of Quebec and Canada.



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