A growing number of refugees is entering Canada day by day and there is just not enough place to keep them somewhere safe even the safe houses for refugees are looking small as they can’t accommodate many refugees.
The national shelter study, which looked at the federal data on shelter users between 2005 to 2016, found a “noticeable increase” in the refugees using the shelters.
In 2016, there were 2,000 refugees sleeping in shelters, the number increased from 1,000 just two years earlier when the figures first began to be tracked.
The president of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, Tom Ritcher is certain that the refugees are being forced to turn to homeless shelters because there just isn’t enough capacity of housing for them.
He says: “many of them are coming to Quebec, Toronto, and Ontario and those communities have high rental rates which these immigrants can’t afford as they do not have any money on them”
Canada has been experiencing an influx of asylum seekers crossing the U.S. and Canada borders illegally so they don’t have to register themselves as the refugees as they will be sent back under Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S. Over 46,000 illegal border crossings have been intercepted by RCMP since early 2017.
Many of the refugees are staying in Montreal and Toronto to await the outcome of their refugee claims which has consequently put pressure on the housing society of these cities.
The estimated amount of about 40% of people using shelters was registered as refugees or asylum claimants. Other cities have also been asked to help them in relocating the refugees.
A second study also came out noted a trend of homelessness among the newcomers. It found that 14% of people who identified as homeless were newcomers to Canada. Out of a total of 8% indicated as immigrants, 3 % identifies as refugees and 4% as refugee claimants.
The studies show that almost one-third of the people identified with the homelessness was the newcomers that require special focus.
Ritcher said that he is hopeful that things will improve for newcomers in Canada.
Many jurisdictions have been taking this matter very seriously and making significant improvements, Ritcher said:
“We’re seeing that we know how to solve this issue it’s just a matter of time that we’ll get to it, I am hopeful that we will be able to provide homes to the homeless people”.