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The number of asylum requests from Mexico increased by 2,000 % since the election of the Liberals, increasing from 110 applications in 2015 to 23,995 in 2023, according to data from the Ministry of Immigration. (Archive photo)

The Canadian Press

The Federal Immigration Ministry rejects the Mexican government's claims that an agreement between the two countries has already led to a drop in the number of asylum applications.

This controversy comes amid growing pressure on Ottawa to re-impose visas on Mexican citizens.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry said last week that the drop in the number of applications in December was due to undefined joint measures taken by the two countries.

According to data from the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Canadian Citizenship (IRCC), the number of asylum applications made by Mexican citizens fell by 500 in December compared to the month previous.

However, the ministry points out that this decline is usual at this time of year.

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Requests fluctuate each month for various reasons, such as Flight availability and costs, the ministry said Friday. We remain concerned about the upward trend in the number of Mexican asylum seekers. That is why the Government of Canada is monitoring these trends and is committed to protecting the integrity of its immigration system and the safety and security of Canadians.

Immigration Canada data shows the number of asylum applications from Mexico has increased by 2,000% since the election of Liberals, increasing from 110 requests in 2015 to 23,995 in 2023.

This is partly explained by the government's decision in 2016, to lift the visa requirement, thus making it easier for Mexican nationals to apply for asylum in Canada.

The ministry's data also shows a 46% increase in the number of asylum applications from Mexican citizens from 2022 to 2023.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Federal Immigration Minister Marc Miller would not confirm Thursday whether Canada had changed its policies, only indicating that the two countries were exploring various solutions.

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The Federal Minister of Immigration, Marc Miller.

We cannot speculate on future policy decisions. Any new developments will be made public, assured the ministry.

Conservatives urged liberals to reinstate the visa requirement for Mexicans, arguing that this change has led to fraud, abuse and tensions in the asylum system.

Among our neighbors to the South , Joe Biden's government also warned that human traffickers linked to Mexican cartels could exploit Canada's visa-free regime to bring people into the United States.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs has maintained that it is important to preserve the economic benefits derived from facilitating travel between the two countries.

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