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Canada on track for all-time high in asylum claims

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A document tabled by the Trudeau government this week reveals that Canada is headed towards an all-time high in asylum claims in 2017. The new data shows that, between January 1 and March 31, 2017, there were a total of 8,960 asylum claims filed through either the Department of Immigration, …

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Asylum seekers arrive at reception centre in Gretna, Man.

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Four asylum seekers are sleeping at a peaceful old seniors’ residence in Gretna, Man., for the next few days, after the reception centre quietly opened on Thursday evening. The men were processed and screened at the border earlier in the day. Two of them declined to be interviewed as they …

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How a doll can make refugees feel more at home

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Scroll through any popular doll website, and you’ll likely find dolls in tiaras, bonnets and even pillbox hats, but none with a hijab – a headscarf some Muslim women wear. Jeanne Trabulsi of Arlington, Virginia, would like to fix that. Trabulsi was dismayed at how refugees fleeing into Europe – many …

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Nigerian, Turkish nationals led asylum claims in early 2017

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Citizens of Nigeria and Turkey led the pack when it came to asylum claims filed in Canada in the first three months of 2017, new government data shows. In total, the federal immigration department has reported that 8,960 people filed claims for asylum during the period between Jan. 1 and …

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Gretna Volunteers Open Doors For Asylum Seekers

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A group of volunteers from Gretna has stepped up to help asylum seekers that are illegally crossing into Canada. A vacant Manitoba housing unit in Gretna will be used temporarily as a reception centre to house migrants after they are processed at the Canadian port of entry in Emerson. The …

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Refugee board: How to figure out if someone’s really LGBT

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New guidelines for evaluating LGBT refugee claimants should stop inappropriate and irrelevant questioning by Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada adjudicators, people who work with asylum seekers say. “It’s revolutionary,” Winnipeg immigration lawyer Bashir Khan said. “It basically puts LGBTQ people and their refugee claims at the same level as …

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Manitoba premier defends Gretna reception centre for asylum seekers

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he understands the concerns some Gretna residents have about asylum seekers staying in their small border community, but the province must uphold its responsibility under international agreements to help those seeking refugee status. Some residents of Gretna, a community of 550 on the U.S. border about 100 …