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Asylum seekers fleeing US brave snow, extreme cold

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EMERSON: Farhan Ahmed hoped to find refuge in the US after fleeing death threats in Somalia, but fear over a US crackdown on immigration sent him on another perilous journey — to Canada. The 36-year-old was among nearly two dozen asylum seekers who braved bone-chilling cold on a February weekend …

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Newcomer centre has no more room for border-crossing refugees

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A Winnipeg centre that welcomes and houses newcomers is putting out a public call for help after getting another surge of asylum-seekers over the weekend. Welcome Place, a temporary home for newcomers in Winnipeg, is full and has no more rooms for refugee claimants who may still be coming to the …

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RCMP say 21 refugees arrested for crossing border in Manitoba

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EMERSON, MAN.—Twenty-one people crossed the border irregularly this weekend near a Manitoba community where there has been a surge in asylum seekers, the latest to arrive in a method authorities say is on the rise.RCMP said they arrested two groups of people, one group of 16 and the other of …

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Desperate immigrants risk perilous winter trek to Canada

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TORONTO (AP) — After he was denied asylum in the U.S., Seidu Mohammed’s fear of being deported to his native Ghana, where he believes he’d be killed or jailed, became so great that he set out in brutal winter conditions to cross irregularly into Canada. Mohammed and his friend lost …

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Asylum seekers fleeing US for Canada brave snow, extreme cold

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Emerson (Canada) (AFP) – Farhan Ahmed hoped to find refuge in the United States after fleeing death threats in Somalia, but fear over a US crackdown on immigration sent him on another perilous journey — to Canada. The 36-year-old was among nearly two dozen asylum seekers who braved bone-chilling cold …

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Meeting calms fears in Manitoba town seeing influx of border jumpers

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EMERSON, Man. — Civic leaders in a Manitoba border town that has seen an increase in refugee claimants crossing over from the United States say the community will continue to be a welcoming place. Politicians in Emerson met with RCMP, representatives from the federal and provincial governments, and the Canada Border Services Agency on Thursday …

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Canada town feels burden of refugees crossing US border

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The Municipality of Emerson-Franklin is preparing for more people crossing illegally at the Canada-US border. They had 22 border jumpers cross last weekend. The town of some 700 people, near a major interstate highway, has been struggling with growing numbers of asylum seekers over the past two years. While the …