India is experiencing a surge in immigration, with people flooding the border.
India has recorded more than 1.6 million arrivals in the first nine months of the year, more than double the number of people it received in the same period last year.
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Director General Michael Smith said the surge in migration is due to the ongoing conflict in the country and the need for people to reach Canada.
He said it’s also a reflection of the economic situation in India.
“I think we’ve seen that India has a huge appetite for the Canadian market, and this is an opportunity to tap into that market,” Smith said.
“Our goal is to provide our services to our customers who are in India and their needs, which are more complex, and then hopefully they’ll want to come and visit us, so we can provide that service.”
The number of asylum seekers crossing the border from India into Canada is on track to double in the next year, and there is also a rise in the number entering illegally.
The CBSA will continue to monitor the flow of migrants entering the country through the Ottawa airport.
It has been notified that the airport has increased security and has added additional fencing and barricades, Smith said on Thursday.
Immigration officers will also continue to check for people with valid documents.
He urged people who might have entered illegally in the past to report any changes to the status of their applications.
In a news conference on Thursday, Smith thanked Canada’s immigration officials for their work in responding to the refugee crisis, adding that Canada’s border is “full of love, love for the country, love of our citizens.”
Smith also thanked the Indian government for its efforts to ease the migration of migrants.
He also expressed concern about the influx of migrants and asylum seekers from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, adding: “I want to express my deepest condolences to the Indian people.”
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