Par­lia­men­tary Bud­get Of­fice says longer wait times for asy­lum claims are a fac­tor

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Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and wife So­phie Gre­goire Trudeau en route to Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, to at­tend the G20 Sum­mit. The Cana­dian gov­ern­ment is look­ing to fur­ther the trade agree­ment and dis­cuss in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity. OT­TAWA—A grow­ing back­log of refugee claims risks turn­ing a re­cent spike in ir­reg­u­lar mi­gra­tion into a sig­nif­i­cant an­nual bill for On­tario and Canada, a re­port sug­gests.

An anal­y­sis by the Par­lia­men­tary Bud­get Of­fice (PBO) re­leased Thurs­day pro­jected the cost as­so­ci­ated with ir­reg­u­lar mi­gra­tion — peo­ple cross­ing the Canada-u.s. bor­der out­side bor­der check­points — is pro­jected to rise.

The in­creased costs are largely driven by longer wait times for mi­grants to have their asy­lum claims re­solved, the PBO said.

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(the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment has) not bud­geted enough, which will re­sult in an in­creased back­log at the Im­mi­gra­tion and Refugee Board … ,” said par­lia­men­tary bud­get of­fi­cer Yves Giroux.

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