Fearing a worsening climate of xenophobia in the wake of a divisive presidential campaign, refugees in the United States are flocking to Canada in growing numbers.
Manitoba’s Welcome Place refugee agency says it helped 91 claimants between November 1 and January 25, more than the agency normally sees in a year.
Most braved the freezing winter conditions to walk into Canada.
A temporary restraining order by a US judge on President Donald Trump’s executive order that blocked the nationwide implementation of key parts of the travel ban has provided a reprieve for refugees trying to come to the US.
However, Canadian advocacy organisations are bracing for a greater influx of asylum-seekers, driven in part by the contrast between the Liberal government’s acceptance of Syrian refugees in Canada with Trump’s anti-foreigner rhetoric.
See a graphic illustrating Canadian refugee claims here
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