Seeking Asylum: Once asylum seekers arrive in Manitoba, what are the costs involved?

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Seeking Asylum is a six-part Global News series focusing on asylum seekers’ journeys from entering the country to the challenges of starting a life in a new country.

WINNIPEG — After asylum seekers make the trek over from the U.S. into Canada, there’s a whole new journey they still need to embark on.

Crossing over on foot to a completely unknown world is only step one for asylum seekers as they begin their journey into Canada.

Rita Chahal, Executive Director of Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, said once asylum seekers are processed at the border by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the next stop is Welcome Place in Winnipeg.

“When we get them from CBSA, the first 24 hours is really getting them settled and making sure they have a place to stay,” Chahal said.

But helping, housing and feeding asylum seekers comes at a cost.

In February, Welcome Place received an extra $110, 000 from the province to help with the influx of refugee claimants.

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