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Asylum claims, RCMP interceptions down slightly in April

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OTTAWA – New figures released Monday show that in April, the total number of people intercepted by the RCMP crossing illegally into Canada fell, as did the total number of asylum claims overall. Across Canada, the Mounties stopped 859 people between official border points in April, down from 887 the …

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A Week Of Sheltering Migrants In Gretna

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It’s been just over a week since asylum seekers crossing the border near Emerson have taken shelter in the Gretna Migrant Reception Centre. The centre is owned by Manitoba Housing and is designated to house migrants after being processed by local RCMP and Canada Border Services until a more permanent …

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More asylum seekers in Manitoba staying in temporary housing

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As the number of refugee claimants crossing the United States-Canada border on foot near Emerson continues to rise, so too does the number of people seeking temporary housing in Manitoba. A provincial spokesperson said Thursday 26 people have stayed at the former senior’s facility since the new reception centre and …

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Asylum seeker charged with assault says he’s not violent

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A Somali asylum seeker charged with assaulting a border guard in Emerson, Man., is pleading his case to stay in Canada. “I hope they give me a chance to prove myself that I’ve changed,” 37-year-old Ahmed Aden Ali said Tuesday from his lawyer’s office in Winnipeg. Ali, along with members of his family, had been living in Minneapolis as …

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Manitoba sets up reception centre for asylum-seekers near U.S. border

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GRETNA, MAN.—The Manitoba government is transforming a former seniors residence into a reception centre for asylum-seekers who walk across the border. The centre is being set up in Gretna, Man., an official border crossing close to Emerson where refugee claimants have been walking through fields to reach Canada from the …

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Student delivers care packages to asylum seekers

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A University of Manitoba student wanting to help asylum-seekers crossing the border from the United States on foot has delivered 150 care packages to them. Half the packages were delivered to a newly converted reception centre in Gretna, Man., and the rest went to the Salvation Army, where many border-crossers …

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How a Syrian refugee family changed my life

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Khaled is choking. Khaled, who is alive because he hid under his desk when the men came with their guns, whose family is alive because he convinced them to walk out the front door of their Damascus home while it still stood (and keep walking until they found a way …