Canada Number of asylum seekers jumped 30 per cent in April

20:51  14 may  2018
20:51  14 may  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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The federal government said the number of people intercepted by the RCMP while crossing the border in April jumped 30 per cent to 2,560. A month earlier, in March, 1,970 asylum seekers entered Canada in between official border crossings.

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MONTREAL—Last month saw a sizeable increase in the number of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally into Canada from the United States, according to federal statistics released Monday.

The federal government said the number of people intercepted by the RCMP while crossing the border in April jumped 30 per cent to 2,560. A month earlier, in March, 1,970 asylum seekers entered Canada in between official border crossings.

In previous months, the number of people crossing illegally into Canada from the United States has been steady at around 1,500 each month.

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The federal government said the number of people intercepted by the RCMP while crossing the border in April jumped 30 per cent to 2,560. A month earlier, in March, 1,970 asylum seekers entered Canada in between official border crossings.

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The vast majority of those entering the country in April — 2,479 people — arrived in the province of Quebec.

Last month, the Quebec government demanded additional help and financing from the federal government to handle the increased migration, which coincided with the November 2016 election of U.S. President Donald Trump and his promise to tighten American immigration policies.

Quebec has said that large numbers of refugee claimants are now indicating they want to settle in Toronto. As a result, it has asked federal immigration officials help arrange transport out of Quebec and emergency shelters in Ontario to ease the burden on resources in the Montreal area.

Ottawa is said to be working on the plan, along with officials from the two provinces.

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