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Asylum in Canada explained

Vancouver lawyer Zool Suleman explains how Canada's refugee and immigration system works and shares his perspective on the influx of people crossing the American border irregularly to seek asylum in Canada.
A group of asylum seekers cross the Canadian border at Champlain, N.Y., on August 4, 2017. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)
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"Canada doesn't have a refugee crisis. Canada has a crisis of will in terms of what we want to do," says refugee and immigration lawyer Zool Suleman about the influx of people crossing the American border to seek asylum in Canada.

The country's budget watchdog has now confirmed the federal cost of asylum seekers making irregular crossings and warned of a growing refugee claimant case backlog. But what does that really mean?

Today on Front Burner, we shed some light on a confusing system and an issue that's often clouded by rhetoric.

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