Flow Of Asylum Seekers To Canada Begins To Slow Amid Traveler Crackdown

www.oann.com | 8/11/2017 | Staff
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TORONTO (Reuters) – 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 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.

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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.

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...
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