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Migrant Housing Plan For Gretna Draws Community’s Attention

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It was standing room only for a public meeting in Gretna Wednesday night. The gathering was organized by Manitoba Housing officials to inform local residents of their plan to use the former seniors residence on Berlin Avenue as a temporary housing centre for asylum seekers crossing the border into Manitoba. …

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Asylum seekers fleeing U.S. may find cold comfort in Canada’s courts

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Migrants who applied for asylum in the United States but then fled north, fearing they would be swept up in President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown, may have miscalculated in viewing Canada as a safe haven. That is because their time in the United States could count against them when they apply for asylum in Canada, …

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Despite struggles, many Syrian refugees’ businesses are gaining traction

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Mohammad Alftih fled his war-torn hometown of Aleppo, Syria, with his wife and four children, living in Lebanon before coming to Canada under private sponsorship. Eleven months after the Alftihs arrived in Peterborough, Ont., they opened a new restaurant downtown. Mr. Alftih brings his experience operating two businesses in Syria …

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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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Record number of refugees admitted to Canada in 2016, highest since 1980

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Canada has admitted the largest number of refugees in a single year in nearly four decades, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The resettlement of 46,700 refugees in 2016 marks a “tremendous achievement” and a record for Canada since 1978, when the Immigration Act …

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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 …