Title

Trump, Tighter Air Travel Rules Behind Surge Of Refugees At Canada-U.S. Border, Experts Say

Document Type

Media Mention

Publication Date

3-21-2017

Source Publication

Toronto Star

Description

There were four times more asylum claimants arriving at land border crossings than at airports in the first two months of 2017, new Canadian data show.

In January and February, a total of 525 air travellers — 400 in Ontario, 90 in Quebec, 35 in British Columbia and nine in Alberta — sought asylum upon arrival at airports, said the Canada Border Services Agency.

By contrast, 2,145 people crossed at official land border ports of entry and made refugee claims during the same period, including 1,085 in Quebec, 905 in Ontario, 80 in Manitoba, and 35 each in Alberta and British Columbia.