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Refugee board set to finally hear ‘legacy’ asylum claims

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The Immigration and Refugee Board is finally taking action to process asylum claims languishing in the system under pre-2012 rules, some of which have been waiting to be heard for more than six years. There are about 5,500 so-called “legacy” claims filed before December 15, 2012, when the former Conservative …

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We Must Start the Conversation About Return of Syrian Refugees Now

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As the Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, discussions of what happens after it ends often invite criticisms of naivete or premature optimism. Yet there can be no sustainable peace in Syria without a simultaneous and comprehensive plan to facilitate the return of more than 6 million internally displaced people and …

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Why We Won’t Hear From Refugee Girls On World Refugee Day

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Every morning Nyakor wakes up before sunrise, prepares her family’s only meal for the day — porridge made of seeds gathered from a nearby tree — and watches as children leave for school. Nyakor spends the rest of her day cleaning their living area, preparing meals and maintaining the household …

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Feds need to plug our leaky border

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The number asylum seekers crossing the Canada-U.S. border irregularly into Manitoba may be falling, but that doesn’t mean the federal government should continue to ignore the problem. The Canada Border Services Agency released new figures last week that show the number of migrants intercepted by the RCMP as they crossed …

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Asylum Seekers welcomed in Gretna after opposition

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GRETNA – Just a stone’s throw from the U.S border lies the quiet community of Gretna. It’s where an empty seniors’ complex has been turned into a temporary home, the first safe haven for asylum seekers who cross into Canada. “We’ve had people coming and going through Gretna and transitioning …

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Irregular border crossings fall in May

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According to statistics released this past week, the number of irregular border crossings for the month of May near Emerson Manitoba has dropped to 106 from 146 in the previous month. This follows an earlier drop of approximately 14% from March to April. “I am very pleased to see the …