Canada’s immigration system is vastly overworked and as a result, causing systemic problems for immigrants and refugees, even delaying family unification.
That’s the assessment of Elizabeth May, leader of Canada’s Green Party. May has stated that more than 80 percent of the complaints she receives in her British Columbia office are immigration-related; according to May, at the heart of these problems has been a shift in Canadian immigration policy from focusing on family reunification to recruiting immigrants with a specific skill set.
Describing many of the immigration problems brought to her office as both “terrible” and “heartbreaking”, May said that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) should either receive more funding–or personnel–in order to rectify the problem. Among the most troubling cases, she said, are the delays in adoptions by Canadian couples of babies from the Democratic Republic of Congo.