Increase in Americans seeking ‘asylum’ in Canada

New York

The number of Americans seeking “refugee status” in Canada has experienced a significant bump this year, increasing more than five times in November 2016 from the same period a year earlier.
The overall numbers, however, remain small in comparison to other countries around the world.
A mere 170 Americans claimed asylum at Canada’s land borders through the first 11 months of this year.
Despite that small number it was still twice more than the total from 2015 — and it was led by a noticeable five-fold increase in the month of November, with 28 people claiming refugee status last month compared with merely five in November 2015.—Agencies

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