About 41 percent of Canadians surveyed said the increased border crossings made Canada less safe, while slightly more, 46 percent, said the surge had no effect on security.
He said many of those apprehended in Manitoba had been in the USA for less than two months and had always meant to make Canada their final destination.
"When we talk about the increasing numbers of refugees crossing the border, we do need to keep the broader context in mind".
"This is definitely not specific to the incoming USA administration", he said.
-Canada border, and one poll says nearly half of Canadians aren't happy about it.
The Reuters poll claims hundreds of these migrants say they are anxious about an immigration crackdown in the us under President Trump.
The Canadian government has set an immigration target of 300,000 for 2017, comprising 1% of the population.
In Manitoba alone, RCMP picked up 143 people who snuck across the Canada-U.S. border in January and February. The Conservative opposition have called on him to enforce stricter border controls and to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement which prohibits most migrants in the U.S. from making a refugee claim at an official border post and forces them to enter the country via risky routes.
Data released today shows that the RCMP have arrested almost half as many illegal border crossers this year as they did in all of 2016. 37% said they agreed with government's current immigration policy. "People understood the reception in Canada was not going to be as welcoming as in the past", said Rehaag, who specializes in immigration and refugee law. "The inland office may have fewer resources and can't give out as many appointments to take in asylum claims", Dench explained.
CBC News reported last week that more than 200 asylum seekers from around the world have walked north across the Canadian province of Manitoba's shared border with North Dakota and Minnesota and into the town of Emerson, Manitoba, since the beginning of the year.
Canadian authorities have rebuffed any suggestion that the country is going easy on illegal border crossers.
According to a separate Ipsos poll, 23 percent of Canadians listed immigration as among the top national issues - up from 17 percent in December.