Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Than 1,000 Asylum Seekers Crossed into Manitoba from the U.S. This Year

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Than 1,000 Asylum Seekers Crossed into Manitoba from the U.S. This Year

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1,069 asylum seekers crossed into Manitoba

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WINNIPEG - A provincial spokeswoman says more than 1,000 asylum seekers have crossed on foot into Manitoba from the United States so far this year.

Carolyn Ryan of Manitoba Housing says 1,069 people crossed the U.S.-Canada border to seek asylum between Jan. 1 and Nov. 18.

In May, the province opened a shelter in Gretna, about 30 kilometres from Emerson where people, mostly from African countries, had been crossing.

Ryan says the shelter housed 439 people that included 29 families and 55 children, and on average they stayed about three days in town.

The shelter was staffed with security 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it cost the province $354,168 to run.

Ryan says the number of people crossing the border to seek asylum has been declining to less than 20 a week from around 30 or 40 people before, so the shelter is closing Friday. …

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