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Could Canada’s border crossers prompt a political shift on immigration?

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OTTAWA—“Help keep our borders safe,” read a recent fundraising pitch from the federal Conservative party — a plea the official Opposition is linking directly to the increased flow of asylum seekers crossing irregularly into Canada. Since January, nearly 1,900 people have been intercepted by the RCMP crossing into Canada. Asylum …

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Canada’s 2016 record high level of resettlement praised by UNHCR

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OTTAWA, Canada – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) praised Canada today for providing solutions to the plight of a record 46,700 refugees through their resettlement to Canada in 2016. This is the largest amount of refugees admitted in a year since the implementation of the …

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Welcome Place says it needs $200K more to help asylum seekers

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An organization that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help asylum seekers in Winnipeg says it needs more money. Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council launched a fundraising campaign called Open Your Hearts in March. MIIC, which operates Welcome Place, has raised about $300,000 so far. It’s aiming to raise …

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Update on number of asylum seekers only tells part of the story

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The statistics are trickling out very slowly, but the overall picture of the number of asylum seekers crossing from the U.S. into Canada, and what is happening to them, is becoming slightly clearer. Last month, the federal government promised monthly updates on the numbers of people being intercepted at the Canada/U.S. border. …

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Human-smuggling bust shouldn’t fuel border hysteria

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In Saskatchewan at least, Canada’s leaky southern border might not be so porous after all. On Wednesday, the RCMP announced it had foiled a scheme to smuggle nine foreign nationals into the country under cover of night between points of entry at North Portal and Northgate, in the province’s southeast corner. After …

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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 …