From the beginning of his mandate in 2015, Justin #Trudeau has shown his political will to break with his Conservative successor Stephen Harper on immigration. From the appointment of Ahmed Hussein, whom himself arrived in #Canada from #Somalia at the age of 17, as immigration minister, to his promises to take in large numbers of #Syrian refugees or to welcome some directly to the airport, the young Canadian president was quickly perceived as a "pro-immigration" leader. Thus, the first years of Trudeau's mandate are marked by many refugees entering Canada.
Nevertheless, Trudeau's policy must be understood in light of his #American neighbour, and the arrival of Trump will cause a stir in Canadian migration policy. At first, Justin Trudeau sent a clear message to those concerned: "Canadians will welcome you."
However, with more than 41,000 refugees passing from the USA to Canada in 2 years and media & political pressures, Trudeau decided to toughen up his policy in turn in 2017. As a result, the changes made by his administration prevented #asylumseekers from claiming #refugee status in Canada if they had done so in certain other countries - notably the United States. Thus, asylum seekers coming from the US at a regular crossing are denied the right to claim refugee status in Canada and are immediately returned to the United States and vice versa. Only 1 option remains for people who want to become refugees in Canada: avoid regular border crossings and make a refugee claim once they cross the border illegally. Thus, by wanting to curb a problem, it adds that of danger, making asylum seekers incur significant risks, as illustrated by the numerous articles recounting stories of bodies found at the end of the winter.
If Trudeau's arrival seemed initially oriented toward a #liberal#immigration policy, the accession to the office of Trump would thus mark a turning point bringing Canada back to a much more conservative policy, especially at its southern border.