Irregular migration costs likely to spike
Parliamentary Budget Office says longer wait times for asylum claims are a factor
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.
“Our estimates suggest (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.