Conservatives Discuss Ending Birth Tourism

As a team of Canadian Immigration Consultants, Racer Immigration in Vancouver strives to stay on top of all issues related to Canadian citizenship. In recent years, immigration rights have become a hotly contested topic. At the moment, the Canadian Conservative Party, led by Andrew Scheer, is calling for an end of birthright citizenship, arguing it has encouraged “birth tourism.”

What makes this so controversial is the claim that the practice has been abused and taken advantage of. “Birth tourism” is when pregnant, non-Canadian women fly to Canada in order to give birth and secure citizenship for their babies. When those children become adults, they can sponsor their parents to immigrate to Canada.

This is seen by some as a loophole that needs to be closed, as it allows them to receive Canada’s benefits without going through the same channels other immigrants must. MP Joe Peschisolido says the practice is very costly for taxpayers, “since it can be used to gain access to Canada’s publicly subsidized post-secondary education system and to take advantage of Canada’s public healthcare system and generous social security programs, all without having to contribute much to the funding of these systems and programs.”

Immigration lawyer Michael Niren called birthright citizenship a “non-issue.” According to Statistics Canada, only 313 babies were born to non-Canadian mothers in 2016. That number has gone down significantly since 2012 when Statistics Canada reported that 699 babies were born to non-Canadian mothers.

“There are problems with immigration in Canada, but birth tourism is not one. It is a politicized concept,” he said. “Conservatives are trying to energize their base.”

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