OTTAWA – A new study showing that more babies were born in Canada In Canada, Canadians are investigating 39 birth tourism 39 in the hope of getting a better understanding of how many children in Canada are traveling to Canada. Canadian citizens were born.
Using numbers of the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) to collect billing information directly from hospitals, researcher Andrew Griffith discovered that more than 3,200 babies were born in Canada in 2016 – compared with 313 babies recorded by Statistics Canada.
Griffith suggests that these findings are not only higher than those previously reported, but also a growing trend.
"(Data) shows absolute numbers in all provinces except Quebec and, in terms of percent, women in other countries a steady increase in the number of infants born in hospitals." Public Policy Research Institute. "These births have more than one percent of all live births in Canada."
& # 39; Not a common application: Hussen
A recent petition by Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido at the House of Commons called on Canada to take stronger measures for birth tourism, saying Canada has abused its social welfare system.
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen replied that his ministry has launched an investigation to obtain a better picture of the scope of the issue in Canada.
"Although these statistics show that this is not a common practice, the Canadian government acknowledges the need to better understand the scope of this practice as well as its impact." Said.
The department commissioned CIHI to carry out this research.
The so-called birth tourism issue is polarized in Canada and the Liberals advocate the existing law that gives automatic citizenship to all those born in Canadian territory, except for the children of foreign diplomats.
(Data) shows a steady increase in absolute numbers and percentages for women in other countries except for Quebec.Andrew Griffith
At a biennial meeting, conservative party members passed a policy decision this summer calling on the government to terminate its innate citizenship, unless the parents of a child born in Canada were parents or permanent residents of Canada.
Leader Andrew Scheer said that one of the goals at the time had to stop women coming to Canada to give birth to a child with Canadian citizenship.
Harper's government considers changing policy
Other countries have terminated or amended their laws of birth, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, India, the Dominican Republic, Thailand and Portugal. Recently, US President Donald Trump has threatened to release his birthright in the United States, but critics argue that such a change could violate the constitution of that country.
Canada has changed Canada's current right to maternity policy under Stephen Harper's Conservative government. This study ultimately found that any change to the law would have significant implications, according to a senior government official who was speaking in the background to the Canadian press.
Many Canadian – 40 percent or more – do not have a passport and do not use birth certificates to prove their citizenship. A change in the rules of birth-citizenship means that they will need new forms of identity to prove their citizenship and receive state services.
A 2013 official estimated that the cost of changing the rules would increase from $ 20 million to $ 30 million a year, adding that the federal government has an additional cost of $ 7 million per year. He also noted that this does not include costs for states and regions. This would be even higher than they had in the personal documents from the federal government.
Andrew Francis Wallace from Getty Images TORONTO, ON – 3 DECEMBER – Before the Federal Government has announced a plan to accelerate its Live-in Caregiver Program inventory by 2018, 3 December 2017, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen. (Images by Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star Getty)
TORONTO, ON – 3 DECEMBER – Before the Federal Government has announced a plan to accelerate its Live-in Caregiver Program inventory by 2018, 3 December 2017, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen. (Images by Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star Getty)
The Conservatives didn't change the policy. Nor the Liberals, said Hussen spokesman Mathieu Genest.
"As citizenship emerged in Canada in 1947 for the first time in Canada, the principle of birth on land has been included in our legislation. According to this principle, a change was planned by Harper Conservatives, but was abandoned after hearing the experts' advice." Said. But the Immigration Department still wants to understand what's going on.
Griffith said he was inspired to ask the question of how widespread birth tourism was in Canada after reporting on the number of non-resident deliveries reported at Richmond Hospital in Canada. The statistics were disproportionate to the rest of the country as calculated by Canada.
The data he collected from CIHI caught the number of out-of-pocket mothers for hospital bills that were at least five times higher. He agreed that this would include foreign students who were not covered by Canadian health insurance.
Controversial, it seems extremely punitive or even lethargic to say that if you are not a permanent resident or a citizen in Canada, you do not need to get pregnant or become pregnant.Scott Campbell
Ontario immigration lawyer Gordon Scott Campbell, in recent years in Canada during the birth of a refugee or immigration process, which gave birth to a few customers, he said.
For example, some women with visitor status lived with their husbands and spouses had applied for sponsorship, and some refugees were pregnant or pregnant while waiting for their demands to be processed.
"It is possible to say that no woman will be pregnant or even pregnant if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident," she said. Said.
"Three people a year, four people a year fly to Canada (to give birth)?" He asked. "I'm not sure we have no proof of that. Media articles may have anonymous evidence, but if we speak two or three people a year, it's not a national crisis that legitimizes the law."
Women can not be refused entry due to pregnancy
Vancouver Coastal Health, which manages Richmond Hospital, said on Thursday that taxpayers did not pay for non-resident deliveries. The agency provided its own statistics, which were slightly different from the findings of Griffith; however, the number of non-resident births in Canada reported by the Canadian Statistical Institute was not the same.
Statistics Canada says its data is based on demographic information from vital statistics records in provinces and regions. The agency said they had filled out these registration forms and that they were obliged to fill it with local registrars. Griffith believes that Statistical Canada can record fewer non-resident births; because parents put local addresses in these forms without actual addresses.
As part of her response to Parliament, Hussen said she would not be able to gather any information as to whether a woman was pregnant while entering Canada or that a woman could be legally rejected because she might be pregnant or given birth in Canada.
Files from Laura Kane in Vancouver
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