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Record number of US citizens seeking asylum in Canada, government data



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group of asylum seekers wait to be processed after being escorted
from their tent encampment to the Canada Border Services in
Lacolle, Quebec, Canada August 11, 2017.


  • A record number of US citizens applied for asylum status in
    Canada in 2017.
  • Canadian government data from the Immigration, Refugees, and
    Citizenship department show they received 2,550 applications for
    asylum in 2017.
  • That’s six times more than the country received in 2016.
  • US citizens were third on the list of total asylum
    applications, after Haitians and Nigerians.

A record number of US citizens applied for asylum in Canada
during 2017, the most since 1994.

A total of 2,550 US citizens applied for asylum Canada in 2017 —
six times more than in 2016, according to data from Immigration,
Refugees and Citizenship Canada cited
by The Guardian.

That’s the largest number of applications Canada has ever
received from American citizens since the dataset started
reporting the numbers in 1994, they said.

US citizens make up the third-largest group of asylum-seekers in
the 2017 dataset, after Haitians and Nigerians, the Guardian

The majority of US asylum seekers in Canada are citizens who
naturalized via “birthright citizenship” as they were born on US
soil, Stéphane Handfield, a Montreal-based immigration lawyer
told the Guardian. Many of them fled to Canada with their
parents, who aren’t US citizens.

Read more:

Trump plans to end birthright citizenship — here’s what the law
says about that

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group of Haitian asylum seekers sit with shopping bags outside
the Olympic Stadium, which is being used for temporary housing
for asylum seekers, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada August 2,


In early 2017, Canada started receiving a larger-than-expected
number of asylum applications after
US President Donald Trump said he was going to scrap a scheme
offering temporary protected status to immigrants
countries like Haiti,
CTV wrote.

In October 2018, Trump
said he wanted to end “birthright citizenship,”
which he
called a “ridiculous” practice of granting citizenship to
children born in the US to non-citizen parents. He hasn’t made an
official policy move on that plan yet.

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