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Canada Registers Sixfold Increase in US Citizens Seeking Asylum in 2017

A Somalian family is helped into Canada by Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers in February 2017. During that year, some 2,550 US citizens applied for asylum in Canada. PHOTO: The Guardian/Paul Chiasson/AP

Americans were the third largest group seeking asylum, spurred by fears they would be deported by the Trump administration

By Martin Patriquin | 14 November 2018

THE GUARDIAN — Tiroude and Gislyne are Haitians by birth and migrants by necessity.

The couple’s 18-month-old daughter, however, was born in Fort Lauderdale, and – as an American by birth – she is part of a growing number of US citizens seeking refuge in Canada.

In 2017, some 2,550 US citizens applied for asylum in Canada – an increase of more than sixfold from 2016 and the largest such number since at least 1994, according to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Americans were the third largest contingent of asylum seekers in 2017, after Haitians and Nigerians. The vast majority are children born to Haitian parents, according to experts. […]

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