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Asylum seekers from U.S. to Canada surged in July: government figures

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TORONTO (Reuters) – The number of asylum seekers crossing the U.S. border into Canada more than tripled last month, according to Canadian government figures released Thursday. More than 3,100 people walked across the border in July to file refugee claims, up from 884 in June. Ninety-six percent of them went …

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Boy held captive by IS arrives in Winnipeg on Thursday

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More than three years after she last saw her son, Nofa Mihlo Rafo will finally be reunited with her boy Thursday at the Winnipeg airport. Mihlo Rafo has been pleading with the Canadian government to bring her son Emad Mishko Tamo to Canada since discovering he was alive on July …

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Boost the response to refugee claimants, urge advocacy groups

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While congratulating all levels of government for their response to the surge in asylum seekers crossing into Canada, advocacy groups are calling for some improvements. No automatic refugee status, warns government Hundreds of people have recently crossed from the United States into the province of Quebec. Many are Haitians concerned …

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Canada doubling capacity of refugee camp

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Outside the improvised tent village built just shy of the Canada-US border in Lacolle, QC, a nervous-looking border services agent is waiting for first responders. The makeshift camp is housing roughly 500 asylum seekers, and a woman is feeling unwell. “There’s going to be so many people here,” he mutters, …

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UN Urges US to End Detention of Immigrants, Asylum-seekers

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GENEVA — A U.N. human rights panel urged the United States on Monday to end widespread detention of would-be immigrants including asylum-seekers, saying the practice has “grown exponentially” and violates international law. The holding of migrants and would-be refugees in custody is often “punitive, unreasonably long, unnecessary and costly” and should …