Topic: refugees crossing u.s. border into manitoba

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'I'm freezing to death': 911 call shows compassionate RCMP response to asylum seekers en route to Canada

A 911 call made by a Somali refugee claimant who nearly froze to death in a brutal Manitoba winter provides rare insight into the extraordinary measures asylum seekers take to get into Canada.

On the menu for asylum seekers — meals that meet religious needs

The Canada Border Services Agency is making sure religious dietary concerns are respected when asylum seekers are taken into custody after walking into Canada and spent about $770,000 on meals in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Grateful newcomers hope prosthetic hands will help them grab the Canadian dream

Two men who lost all their fingers to frostbite after crossing into Canada during bitter cold temperatures have been given a new lease on life with new prosthetic hands.

'We can't forget about that night': 1 year later, refugees recall near-fatal Christmas Eve walk across border

They almost died trying to reach Canada. One year later, two Ghanaian refugees whose harrowing story attracted worldwide attention are reflecting on their new life as the Christmas Eve anniversary of their near-deadly trek into Canada approaches.

Refugee shelter in Gretna, Man., closing due to lack of demand

A temporary shelter for asylum-seekers in Gretna, Man., is closing due to a decrease in the number of people crossing the border.

'I have hope': Most refugees now waiting 16 months to have claims heard

The average wait time before people can go in front of the refugee board has grown to 16 months, but officials say it could become even longer.

Single mom, sons 1st tenants at new home for refugees in Winnipeg

After fleeing political persecution in Ethiopia, 25-year-old Kuku Admasu is making a new life for herself and her two sons in a brand-new transitional home for asylum seekers in Winnipeg.

Will Donald Trump's latest travel restrictions push more asylum seekers into Canada?

In conversations at coffee shops in border towns across Canada, the talk inevitably turns to the latest political move by an unpredictable president to the south and what that means for the flow of people into this country.

Refugee who lost fingers to frostbite chasing soccer dreams

A refugee who lost fingers to frostbite while coming to Canada is chasing his dream of becoming a professional soccer player.

UN refugee agency checks on asylum seekers in Emerson

The United Nations refugee agency has sent a representative to Manitoba to check how asylum seekers are being processed near the border with the U.S.

Bracing for possible spike in asylum seekers crossing border over long weekend

After a dip in the number of people walking across the border last month, agencies working with refugees in Manitoba are bracing themselves for a possible surge over the Canada Day long weekend.

Declining number of asylum seekers surprises reeve of Manitoba border town

The reeve of the Manitoba town that’s been the backdoor to Canada for asylum seekers entering Canada from the U.S. wonders if the recent discovery of the body of a Ghanaian woman has scared refugee claimants from making the trek across the border.

Number of refugees crossing into Manitoba declines

After soaring numbers earlier this year, the number of people RCMP found walking across the border into Manitoba went down in April, and then again in May.

Refugee who lost fingers to frostbite wins bid to stay in Canada

Razak Iyal, a refugee who lost fingers to frostbite after walking into Canada on Christmas Eve, has won his bid to stay in Canada.
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'Justice delayed is justice denied': Fewer than half of refugee claims being heard on time

In the first four months of this year, only 44 per cent of refugee claims were heard on time. In 2016, about 52 per cent made it to the board on time, a drop from 70 per cent in 2013, according to numbers from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

'Everything here is beautiful': Frostbitten refugee in awe at first Pride

​Staring at the sea of rainbow colours that blanketed Winnipeg Sunday morning, Seidu Mohammed was in awe.

'It's just too dangerous': Death near the border was inevitable, U.S. border patrol agent says

Scott Webster, a deputy patrol agent in charge of the Pembina Border Station, walks past a gravel road, where he parked his truck, to a long, empty drainage ditch in Minnesota where a woman's body was found.
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Woman found dead near border was en route to Canada to see newborn granddaughter

A Ghanaian woman found dead near the Canada-U.S. border was on her way to see her newborn granddaughter in Toronto and had been living in the U.S. under an expired visa, CBC News has learned.

'It's just too dangerous': Death near the border was inevitable, U.S. patrol agent says

Scott Webster, a deputy patrol agent in charge of the Pembina Border Station, walks past a gravel road where he has parked his truck to a long, empty drainage ditch in Minnesota where a woman's body was found.

Asylum agreement with U.S. to blame for woman's death near border, lawyer says

An agreement signed between Canada and the United States is to blame for the recent death of Mavis Otuteye, a presumed asylum seeker found dead less than a kilometre from the Canadian border, a Winnipeg immigration lawyer says.

'We can't leave her body': Manitoba Ghanaians want to help after border crosser found dead

Manitoba's Ghanaian community is devastated after a woman's body was found less than a kilometre south of the Canadian border in Minnesota.

Body of woman, 57, found near Manitoba border believed to be asylum seeker, U.S. police say

A body found less than a kilometre from the Manitoba border in Minnesota is believed to be that of an asylum seeker who died of hypothermia, police say.

'No one chooses to be a refugee': Manitoba refugees share stories, tackle misconceptions

Refugees who now call Manitoba home came together to share their stories in Winnipeg on Tuesday night.

Asylum seeker charged with assault says he's not violent

Ahmed Aden Ali, a Somali asylum seeker who crossed the border on foot a month ago, is pleading his case to stay in Canada after being charged with assaulting a border guard in Emerson, Man.

Tempers flare in Manitoba border town after Conservative MPs visit

A visit by two federal Conservative politicians to the Manitoba border town of Emerson on Friday morning has highlighted the growing divisions in the community over the influx of asylum seekers.

'Revolutionary' changes to LGBT refugee claims ensures 'sexuality is not put on trial'

New guidelines for evaluating LGBT refugee claimants should stop inappropriate and irrelevant questioning by Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada adjudicators, people who work with asylum seekers say.

'It got pretty hostile': Manitoba Housing tells Gretna it will host reception centre for asylum seekers

Residents in the small border community of Gretna, Man. say they were taken by surprise when Manitoba Housing announced it was setting up a reception centre for asylum seekers in their backyard.

Kellie Leitch vows to deport border crossers after visit to Manitoba border town

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is vowing to deport asylum seekers who are caught sneaking into Canada, following a visit to the Manitoba town that's been a hotspot for border crossers.
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Update on number of asylum seekers only tells part of the story

New government stats offer small glimpse into the flow of asylum seekers into Canada.

Spring flooding in Manitoba changing route of asylum seekers

The U.S. border patrol says flooding near Emerson, Man., means some asylum seekers are looking further east for places to cross into Canada on foot. Some are entering at Tolstoi and Piney, Man., in areas historically known as bootlegging routes. People living in the area are not impressed.

Teens travelling alone among latest asylum seekers walking into Manitoba

The number of asylum seekers walking across the border into Manitoba is on the rise, including the number of minors making the trek alone.

Emerson reeve says military at border would be overkill

The reeve of Emerson says bringing in the military to monitor the border between Canada and the United States would be unnecessary and is instead calling for more RCMP officers.

'They dropped the ball': Emerson reeve disappointed with federal budget

Greg Janzen, the reeve of Emerson, Man., says the federal budget didn't give the small border town the support it needs to handle increasing numbers of asylum seekers.

Winnipeg Somali community serves up meal for asylum seekers

A home cooked meal went a long way for Somali asylum seekers new to Winnipeg Saturday night.

From Somalia to Manitoba: A look at the long journey of asylum seekers

There are many reasons asylum seekers arriving in Manitoba flee Somalia — devastating famine, a staggering unemployment rate and the threats of al-Shabaab. But not all planned to end up in the Prairie province.

Rick Hansen inspired by meeting refugee who lost fingers in cross-border walk

Rick Hansen's "Man in Motion World Tour" ended 30 years ago this year, but he's still inspiring people.

'Pallister is right': Emerson official urges feds to address asylum-seeker surge

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is right to keep pressuring the federal government to do more to help address the wave of refugees streaming into the province, a local official in the border town of Emerson says.

7 'irregular' border crossings into Sask. attempted this year, RCMP report

Public Safety Canada told CBC News that RCMP have intercepted seven people who crossed the border illegally — meaning somewhere other an official border crossing —so far this year.

Canada Border Services Agency detaining 8 people in Manitoba jails

Eight people are being held in Manitoba jails under immigration-related detention orders but the federal government refuses to release the reason for the incarceration.

Beds filled up at Salvation Army as surge of asylum seekers cross into Manitoba

After another weekend of asylum seekers crossing into Manitoba, the beds at Winnipeg’s Salvation Army are full.

Asylum seekers taking advantage of Canadian generosity, MP Ted Falk says

The Conservative MP who represents Emerson, Man., says the asylum seekers crossing from the U.S. into Canada near the border town are abusing the country's generous immigration and refugee system.

Cabinet to map out scenarios for dealing with border-crossers

Federal cabinet ministers are set for an in-depth discussion of the practical and political pressures being placed on the Liberal government by a rising number of asylum seekers in Canada.

UN concerned about plight of asylum seekers walking into Manitoba

The United Nations says it is concerned about asylum seekers who are coming into Manitoba on foot in the bitter cold to make refugee claims.

Newcomer centre launches fundraising campaign ahead of expected surge of refugees

A Winnipeg refugee resettlement agency has launched a new capital campaign in a bid to pay for services future asylum seekers coming to Manitoba may need.

Federal ministers see the asylum seeker situation on the ground in Emerson, Man.

As the number of asylum seekers crossing into Canada surges, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale pledged cash for the small Manitoba town most affected by the influx and said the federal government will continue to watch the situation.

More refugees need more legal aid — but will cost-sharing continue?

Premier Brian Pallister has sent a letter to Justin Trudeau calling for more resources as Manitoba Legal Aid feels pressure from the surge in refugee claimants.

UN lawyer to visit Manitoba to observe influx of asylum seekers

The United Nations will send a human rights lawyer to Manitoba on an observation mission in the coming weeks related to the recent influx of refugees, who've trickled into the province on foot after fleeing the United States.

'I am proud to be here': 7 more asylum seekers walk into Manitoba, where it's –20 C

Seven more asylum seekers risked dangerously cold temperatures as they walked across the Canada-U.S. border into Emerson, Man., early Sunday.

Goodale rejects former colleague's claim of long waits by Manitoba asylum seekers

A Manitoba MP is urging Ottawa and one of her former cabinet colleagues — Ralph Goodale —to provide more resources to the Manitoba border in light of a recent surge of asylum seekers.

'They hardly talk': Asylum seekers slow to ask questions during ride from border to Winnipeg

A Winnipeg driver who picks up asylum seekers at the border says the ride back to the city is often quiet.

'We're going to run into problems': Manitoba flood would endanger asylum seekers

A high risk of flooding near the Manitoba border this spring has officials in Emerson worried about the dangers that will pose to a continuing stream of asylum seekers crossing into the province.

Asylum seeker says husband, mother were killed on wedding day in Somalia

Since the start of 2017, more than 100 people crossed through the snow-covered fields near the Emerson border to claim refugee status in Canada. One of the new arrivals, Naimo Ahmed, shares her story about how she fled Somalia.

Minneapolis woman shocked friend walked to Canada

A Minneapolis woman says she was shocked to learn a close friend, who feared deportation after Trump's presidency, walked into Canada during the middle of winter.

At least 22 more asylum seekers, baby, cross into Manitoba Sunday

Dozens more asylum seekers, including at least one baby, who fled the United States for Canada made their way into Manitoba early Sunday morning, CBC News has learned.

Salvation Army centre offers 30 beds for refugee claimants coming to Manitoba

Winnipeg's Salvation Army is stepping in to help house refugee claimants who walk across the Canada-U.S. border into Manitoba.
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CBC reporter finds Somali asylum seeker who says he walked 21 hours into Manitoba

A man from Somalia who risked the freezing temperatures of Manitoba as he crossed into Canada was discovered out in the cold by a CBC journalist.

Winnipeg charities appeal for financial help to support refugees

Welcome Place is appealing for money from the public and private sector to help house the increasing number of refugees trekking overland into Canada near the Emerson, Man., border.

Manitoba premier says security his 1st concern with refugees entering province

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says the province and the federal government are discussing options to deal with a rising number of refugees crossing the border from the United States.

U.S.-Canada pact could split kids from families fleeing to Canada: refugee group

A national organization that advocates for refugees wants Canada to scrap a controversial pact with the United States it says will separate families who are fleeing to the Canadian border in search of a new life.

Newcomer centre has no more room for border-crossing refugees

A Winnipeg centre that welcomes and houses newcomers is putting out a public call for help after getting another surge of asylum seekers in its door over the weekend.

The long road to refuge: Once across the border, a mountain of paperwork for asylum seekers

For those seeking asylum, getting across the Canadian border is a difficult journey. However, once they're across another daunting task begins — filling out form after form justifying why the refugee claimant is in need of protection.

'We're willing to step up,' says Emerson reeve after emergency meeting

The reeve of Emerson, Man. says an emergency meeting Thursday with members of the Canada Border Services Agency and Mounties has relieved concerns he had after a recent surge of refugees into the border town.

'I want to die,' 2-year-old refugee said during hours-long walk to Manitoba from U.S.

A two-year-old member of a large group of refugees who walked into Manitoba from Minnesota on Saturday told his mother he wanted to die instead of finish the walk, a refugee from the group says.

'Informal' network helping refuge seekers get to Manitoba, U.S. officials say

U.S. officials say an underground railroad between Minneapolis and the Canadian border is enabling an increasing number of refuge seekers to get into this country.

'This is right off the scale': Border town seeks help after spike in refugees

Nearly two dozen refugees who walked across the Canada-U.S. border over the weekend have officials in a Manitoba community worried about whether they can keep up with the trend that only seems to be growing.

22 refugees entered Manitoba near Emerson border over the weekend

The temperatures dipped below –20 C as a large group of refugees trudged through the snow of a Manitoba field near the border to the United States. Twenty-two people crossed the border near Emerson on the weekend and called 911 for help before RCMP brought them to a CBSA location where they could make refugee claims.

'We are part of the Canadian people' now, frostbitten refugee on road to recovery says

After all his fingers were removed because of severe frostbite, a Ghanaian refugee who walked into Canada seeking asylum on Christmas Eve says he's healing well, although the pain bothers him at bedtime.

Frostbitten refugee will lose fingers, toe after 7-hour trek to cross U.S.-Canada border

A Ghanaian refugee who almost died while trying to cross the U.S.-Canada border into Manitoba on Christmas Eve will lose his fingers, a toe and possibly his arms.

Hundreds of asylum seekers entering Manitoba near Emerson border

Hundreds of refugees have entered Manitoba near the Emerson border crossing in an attempt to get asylum in Canada over the last year, CBC News has learned.

'They almost froze to death': Refugees frostbitten after walking to Manitoba border

A pair of refugees from Ghana are recovering in hospital after getting frostbite while trying to get to Winnipeg on Christmas Eve.