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CBC hosts fiery town hall on asylum seekers in Canada

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Ali Saeed sits in a crowded atrium at the RBC Convention Centre Wednesday night, nodding his head up and down, agreeing with one of the speakers at a CBC-hosted town hall on the increase in asylum seekers crossing into Canada and the dollars and sense of accepting more refugees. Saeed, a refugee …

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Asylum seekers from US surge into Canada

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Canadian authorities caught 887 asylum seekers crossing unlawfully into Canada from the United States in March, nearly three times the number in January. This brings the total number of asylum seekers caught walking across the border to 1,860 so far this year. The new statistics suggest that those numbers could …

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Inside the U.S. shelter helping asylum seekers reach Canada

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Workers at a U.S. border charity that helps asylum seekers reach Canada say they’ve seen a spike in requests for shelter from people who no longer feel safe in the United States. Vive, which translates to “live” in Spanish, is run out a former school in Buffalo, N.Y. The non-profit …

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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 …