In the first nine months of 2016, Canada issued only one visitor visa for a Somalian, only five in 2015.
In comparison, 295 visitor visas for Yemen citizens were granted in the first nine months of 2016. Somalia may be the worst failed state in the world, having that dubious distinction for now 20 years. Frankly, it must be impossible to always determine the good guys from the bad when assessing applicants from Somalia.
All overseas refugee approvals for Somalians are based on applicants living in UN Refugee camps, mostly in Kenya. There, applicants are vetted by the United Nations and our own security apparatus, assisted by extensive input from the United States. Those lucky enough to have been granted a visa spent at least six to 18 months being analyzed from a security point of view. Successful applicants are either families or single women. Virtually no single men from Somalia have been granted refugee status when applying from overseas.
Last weekend 28 mostly Somalian asylum seekers simply walked into Manitoba. All or almost all single men. They were immediately processed and released into our community.
During the Obama administration, failed Somalian refugee claimants that made it to America were sent back to Somalia (Trump will likely continue with this policy). Under Harper failed Somalian refugees were only asked and not obliged to return to Somalia (anticipating danger back home). This means that any Somalians failing refugee claims in the U.S. can simply walk into Canada, knowing they will be allowed to stay in Canada, be granted work permits, and obtain the health and social benefits afforded to refugees — even though they failed to prove they were refugees.