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Local Yazidi refugees ring in the new year apart

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Winnipeg’s small but vibrant community of 200 ethnic Yazidis celebrated its new year in a new country at two different events Wednesday night. South of the Assiniboine River, Yazidi refugee families privately sponsored by the Jewish community-led Operation Ezra feasted and danced to greet 6767, the Yazidi new year, at …

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Four Asylum Seekers Irregularly Cross Border Near Piney, Manitoba

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PINEY, Man. — Officials in the Rural Municipality of Piney said two separate groups of asylum seekers irregularly crossed the Canada/U.S. border in the area at the end of March. Deputy Reeve of Piney, David Beaudry, said the two groups crossed during the day around March 27. “There’s only one …

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170 asylum seekers intercepted in Manitoba by police last month: CBSA

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New numbers released by Canada Border Services Agency show 170 asylum claimants were apprehended by RCMP entering Manitoba last month. This number represents asylum seekers intercepted between designated ports of entry. This brings the province’s total for 2017 up to 331. That’s the second highest number out of Canadian provinces, …

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The Surge of Refugees Fleeing the U.S. for Canada Ignites Debate

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Hundreds of asylum seekers are crossing from the U.S. into the small border town of Emerson, Manitoba. Most are of African origin, motivated by fear of deportation. Nearly 300 refugees have claimed asylum in the small town since the start of 2017. The situation has put a strain on emergency …

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When the American dream becomes a Canadian reality

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First in a series of occasional articles examining how Trump’s ascendance and early moves have altered expectations and reality, here and abroad. WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Of all places on earth, Naimo Ahmed found herself here, at the end of a 16,000-mile journey, inside a Salvation Army shelter as temperatures pushed …

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Amid Trump crackdown, U.S. immigrants head to Canada

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LISA DESAI: Much of the four thousand mile American border with Canada is wide open and unsecured. In the first three months of this year, a steady stream of immigrants from all over the world braved the bitter cold to reach a country where they believe there’s less risk of …

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12 stories about Syrian refugees in Canada that warmed our hearts

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A year ago, on December 10, 163 Syrian refugees arrived at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport around 11:30 p.m. Waiting to greet them at the terminal was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Amidst photographers and television crews, a beaming Trudeau shook hands with the families, handed out stuffed toys to children and even helped them find …