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NDP Immigration Critic Visits Emerson

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The federal NDP critic for immigration, refugees and citizenship, Jenny Kwan, made a visit to Emerson Friday afternoon to meet with municipal officials and to learn more about the asylum seekers crossing the local border. In the meeting, Kwan emphasized the importance of suspending the Safe Third Country agreement, which …

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Border crossers shift from Manitoba to Quebec, according to June stats

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OTTAWA — There has been a “pronounced” shift in where the RCMP are arresting people crossing irregularly into Canada, new figures released Friday indicate. The federal government data, including preliminary figures for June, show a drop in the number of people being apprehended in Manitoba, but a major increase in …

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The Real Immigration Crisis

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A dramatic shift in global migration patterns is unfolding this year on Minnesota’s border with Canada. Refugees—typically from African countries, motivated in part by fears they are not welcome in the United States—have been moving from and through Minnesota to seek asylum in Canada. While their ranks are still small …

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Pallister, congressman issue joint release on border jumpers

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Premier Brian Pallister and a Minnesota congressman say they want to raise awareness about the risks faced by asylum seekers crossing into Canada on foot. A news release issued by the province and Minnesota said both places have a proud history of welcoming refugees fleeing dire circumstances, but warned purposely …

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Ottawa moving quickly to reunite Yazidi boy with mother in Winnipeg

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A Winnipeg group that works with Yazidi refugees says it’s been assured by federal officials that a boy recently rescued from ISIS will be reunited with his mother in Winnipeg. “We have been in contact with [Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada] and we have been assured the IRCC is expediting …

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Tortured Burundi teacher finds peace in Canada

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For half a year, school teacher Jean-Claude Ndereyahayo was tortured in a prison in Burundi. When he finally found refuge in Canada in 2007, all he landed with was an extra shirt and pair of trousers purchased from an airport shop. “I began to wonder, what will my life be?” …