Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Doing The Math: The Cost To Shelter And Protect A Single Asylum Seeker Is About $29,000.

Here is a story from the Toronto Star about an alleged "backlash" from Mexicans and Czechs about the new visa restrictions as if Canadians even care what Mexicans and Czechs think about it. I'm not interested in any of the story except for this part:

It costs Canada about $29,000 to shelter and care for a single asylum seeker. More than 12,000 Czech and Mexican refugee claimants have arrived in Canada since late 2007 and the vast majority of the files have been ruled to be illegitimate, making the financial toll untenable, Kenney said.

According to this table Canada resettled 21,860 refugees in 2008. If it does cost $29,000 to shelter and care for a single asylum seeker then the refugee system cost Canadian taxpayers approximately $634 million in 2008. But that's just the successful ones. If we include failed asylum claims then the number increases. I can't say by how much since I cannot find the total number of asylum claims in Canada for 2008 to make a calculation but I am sure the figure goes beyond the $800 million mark.

I post this because we don't know how much Canada's immigration system costs taxpayers because no official report on the costs exists. So we are left to make educated guesses. If it costs Canadians at least $634 million to resettle 21,860 people into the country how much more does it cost to service the immigration system as a whole?

Some may counter by saying immigrants pay more in taxes then we spend on immigration. But how do we know that if we don't know how much is spent on immigration? Remember, only 23% of immigrants to Canada are principal applicants which are immigrants selected based on their job and language skills. The rest are not. Also, immigrants remove up to $2 billion a year from the Canadian economy each year, money that could have been spent on goods and services, in the form of remittances sent back their home countries.

In the U.K., a nation experiencing similar waves of record immigration, a British House of Lords report concludes record levels of immigration has brought little or no economic benefit to Britain. And a Daily Mail article suggests immigration to Britain is more costly than it is worth. Is Canada different?

I strongly suspect the immigration system costs Canadian taxpayers more than it is worth and it seems Canadians are displeased with what they are paying for. Immigration isn't the problem. It is the current immigration system that is a mess that needs to be cleaned up. A good place to start is by lowering immigration targets.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

From a Czech to Canadians:
Pretty hypocritical to slap visa on the whole Czech nation, because of Gypsies selectively targeting your too permissive and generous asylum system.
Why didn't Canada state, that the European Union is considered "safe zone" and therefore any asylum claims from there will be dismissed? The reason, why Gypsies from Czech Republic don't try that asylum trick in other European countries is precisely that - it would be immediately dismissed. They can move there under the same conditions as any othe Czech citizen - but they don't, because that would mean they would have to find work and support themselves like everybody else.
Therefore there is NO immigration of the "poor and opressed" Gypsies from Czechia to EU countries... Problem solved.

PaxCanadiana said...

You're preaching to the choir here my friend.

We know it is not Czechs who are abusing the system but a segment of Czech society called Roma.

Why didn't Canada state, that the European Union is considered "safe zone" and therefore any asylum claims from there will be dismissed?

The reason, why Gypsies from Czech Republic don't try that asylum trick in other European countries is precisely that - it would be immediately dismissed.


I completely agree with you. Any claim made by anyone arriving from the Eu, be they Roma or Sri Lankans or anyone, should not be given any attention here and the claimant should be returned back to the EU to make an asylum claim.

Like I said, you're preaching to the choir here.