Newspaper article The Canadian Press

By the Numbers: Why Canada Imposed a Visa Requirement on Mexican Visitors

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

By the Numbers: Why Canada Imposed a Visa Requirement on Mexican Visitors

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The Mexican visa controversy, by the numbers

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OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday that as of Dec. 1, the Canadian government will no longer require Mexican citizens to obtain visas before travelling to Canada.

The visas were first imposed in 2009 by the previous Conservative government in a bid to crack down on asylum claims from Mexicans. Here's a look at the history of that decision, by the numbers:

36,759: Number of aslyum claims in total filed in Canada in 2008.

9,462: Number of those claims filed by Mexicans.

7,570: Number of claims filed by Mexicans in 2009.

1,199: Number of claims filed by Mexicans in 2010.

55: Percentage of claims filed by Mexicans rejected between 2000 and 2010. …

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