Canada Flow of asylum seekers to Canada begins to slow amid traveler crackdown

03:05  13 july  2018
03:05  13 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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The Canadian government has sharpened its tone towards asylum seekers , warning that simply making The flow of people shows little sign of abating, with 7,300 people entering Canada irregularly this year – more than double the number of those who made the journey in the first four months of 2017.

Government faces calls to rip up US- Canada asylum agreement as refugees have been crossing in waist-deep snow since Trump’s immigration crackdown . The asylum seekers – many of whom are from Somalia, Ghana and Djibouti Talks due on US flight laptop ban amid EU travel chaos concerns.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: A group of asylum seekers wait to be processed after being escorted from their tent encampment to the Canada Border Services in Lacolle © REUTERS/Christinne Muschi A group of asylum seekers wait to be processed after being escorted from their tent encampment to the Canada Border Services in Lacolle

The influx of asylum seekers that threw Canada’s refugee system into disarray slowed in June after also falling in May, the first two-month decline since the wave ramped up last year, according to preliminary figures from government officials and border agents.

The decrease could ease pressure on agencies aiding refugees and on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government, which has come under fire for its management of the asylum seeker issue.

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The flow of migrants to Canada from the United States pre-dates Trump’s election, and is partly due to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s welcome of refugees. Once in Manitoba, asylum seekers phone Canadian police, who take them to the government border office to file claims.

The number of people illegally crossing the Canada-U.S. border to claim asylum in Canada dropped to 1,869 in May, down about 27 percent from the prior month, according to the Immigration and Refugee Ministry.

Official figures for June are due out mid-month but a spokesman for Immigration and Refugee Minister Ahmed Hussen confirmed they have dropped again, defying expectations that warmer weather would lead to more people walking across the world’s longest undefended border.

Refugee claimants and lawyers in Canada and Nigeria said the drop may be due in part to a U.S. crackdown on Nigerian travelers at Canada's request. One Lagos-based lawyer told Reuters U.S. visa officials are being more stringent with visas, adding that he has gotten calls from Nigerians who were turned back at airports despite having valid travel documents.

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Since the start of the year, the numbers of asylum seekers entering Canada from the US has soared. More than 4,000 of them – many of them driven by fears of Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants – have entered Canada at remote, unguarded locations along the border.

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Over the past month, an average of about 40 asylum seekers a day have been crossing at Roxham Road in Quebec, where the vast majority of border-crossers enter Canada. That is down from as high as 200 a day, according to Jean-Pierre Fortin, a spokesman for the union representing Canada’s Border Services Agency who got the figures from his members' counts. According to government figures, the daily April average was 85.

The number of new clients at Quebec’s government refugee agency that helps with food and housing more than halved between April and June, to just over 1,000 people last month – the lowest point since June 2017, according to the agency’s data.

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The comments come amid another spike in the number of asylum seekers crossing into Canada , particularly in Quebec, and heightened political rhetoric around the issue. That process has already begun , at both provincial and municipal levels, he said.

The map below shows the flow of these asylum seekers from their country of origin to the country in which they applied for asylum . Each point represents 500 asylum seekers . To navigate around the map with a mouse

Canada and the United States have an agreement under which asylum seekers who try to cross at formal ports of entry are turned around and told to apply in the first country they arrived in. People have crossed illegally between those formal crossings, where the agreement does not apply. Once in Canada they have a right to file refugee claims.

Canada has tried to stem the tide of border-crossers, including working with U.S. officials to block Nigerians, who comprised about a third of border-crossers this year, from getting U.S. visas. Ottawa has also encouraged U.S. customs agents to turn back people with valid travel documents lest they continue on to Canada to file refugee claims.

"They’re interdicting people at airports, pulling people from flights, not just in Nigeria but even as they land in the United States, and that work is jointly being done by Canada,” Hussen told reporters on May 31. His office did not confirm this week whether that cooperation is ongoing.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed its cooperation with Canada includes "mitigating travel to the U.S. where possible to avoid secondary movements to Canada" but would not provide details.

(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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TORONTO - The Ontario government says Ottawa is to blame for a housing crisis caused by people crossing the border illegally and should pay all the costs. A spokesman for Premier Doug Ford said Thursday the federal government has encouraged people to cross into Canada illegally and continues to usher people across the U.S.-Quebec border into Ontario. "This has resulted in a housing crisis and threats to the services that Ontario families depend on," Simon Jefferies said in a statement."This mess was 100 per cent the result of the federal government, and the federal government should foot 100 per cent of the bills.

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