Trump’s wall, immigration curbs, could bring more Mexicans to Canada

2/7/2017 Reuters

canadaNEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Canada could see more asylum seekers from Mexico because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies, the U.N. and refugee advocates said.

Given Trump’s calls to build a wall along the Mexico border and to ban refugees, Mexican migrants may try to head straight to Canada, they said.

One scenario is “that people will … jump straight to come to Canada – by air, by plane – and launch an asylum claim here in Canada,” Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the head of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR in Canada said in a telephone interview.

“When the direct crossing into neighboring countries is made more difficult by administrative measures, new policies, new laws, or in this case a wall, people … look at other options,” he said.

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