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Canada Considers Reimposing Visas for Mexicans over Asylum Requests

By: Karina Martín - Nov 16, 2016, 2:25 pm

"Canada will maintain its sovereignty on this topic [asylum requests]. It could reach the point were it becomes unsustainable, but we are hoping this moment will not come" McCallum (mexicanbusiness)
“It could reach the point were it becomes unsustainable, but we are hoping this moment will not come,” McCallum said. (mexicanbusiness)
EspañolVisas in Canada may not be going away after all, as officials worry about the rise in Mexican asylum requests from the United States.

President-elect Donald Trump‘s pledge to deport over three million immigrants has caused many Mexicans to look for new options, many of which lay north of the border.

Canada’s Minister of Migration John McCallum said the decision to not ask Mexicans to register for a visa could be temporary if asylum applications continue.

This is not the first time the Canadian government has expressed concern over the wave of Mexican immigrants entering the country.

Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldmanes said the government fears more asylum claims will come from Mexico, and is therefore hesitating on what to do with the visa requirement.

The announcement was made before anyone imagined that Donald Trump would be elected president, as his agenda is a very different one from that of the projected winner, Hillary Clinton.

Canada’s Ambassador to Mexico Pierre Alarie said the elimination of the requirement would go into effect Monday, November 14, but didn’t comment on whether it would be permanent.

All travelers, Mexican or otherwise, must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to travel or transit by air. It isn’t a visa, per se, but lasts five years and only costs seven Canadian dollars.

Sources: Sin embargo; Debate.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Over 11 Million Venezuelans Have Crossed the Colombian Border since August

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Nov 16, 2016, 12:27 pm
Around 92% of Venezuelans coming into de country do it for food, cleaning products and medicine, which are all scarce in their country (El Confidencial)

EspañolOver 11 million Venezuelans have crossed the Colombian border since August's reopening, with Colombian officials reporting that a little more than 5.6 million Venezuelans have entered, and around the same number have crossed back. Read more: Venezuela's Catholic Church Predicts Civil War if Dialogue Fails Read more: The Venezuelan Opposition Commits Suicide, the Vatican Performs the Burial According to officials, about 92 percent of Venezuelans entering Colombia do so to buy food, sanitary products or medicine that are scarce in their own country. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The difference between the number of entries and exits —  close to 65,000 — corresponds to the people who remain in Colombia to take advantage of the possibility of being granted an immigration card needed for longer stays. Officials also said 95 percent of the people that move across the border do through the department of Norte de Santander, where there are three open crossings points. The Colombian-Venezuelan border was closed almost a year ago by order of President Nicolás Maduro, but was reopened last August. Source:  El Nacional

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