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>> Migrants who applied for asylum in the United States but then crossed into Canada, fearful of the administration of US President Donald Trump, may not find safe haven north of the border. That's because Canadian authorities are wary of what they see as asylum shopping. Reuters correspondent Anna Mailer-Purpurney in Toronto.
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>> Canada's refugee tribunals are looking for a very specific type of person who has acted as though they genuinely fear for their lives. And in many decision makers' views, spending time in the United States and either not filing a claim or filing a claim and abandoning it are things that somebody might do if they aren't genuinely afraid.
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Refugee lawyers say that's not the case. They say that there's no established template for the way people act when they are fleeing for their lives.>> A Reuters review found that in 2016, 160 asylum cases landed in federal courts after they were rejected by refugee tribunals. 33 of them because the claimants had spent time in the US.
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Lawyers say there could be thousands of more cases that we're rejected and never appealed. The refugee tribunal rejected 5,000 cases last year but those decisions are not made public and the reasons aren't known.>> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been very vocal in his support for immigrants and refugees coming coming to Canada.
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Although critics have noted that his government hasn't actually changed any of its policies to become more welcoming.>> Nearly 2,000 people have crossed illegally into Canada since January alone. Many of them were living legally in the US awaiting word on US asylum applications. According to US and Canadian authorities and Reuters interviews with dozens of migrants.
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Claimants in Canada must show that the fears that spurred them to flee their home country for the US are still founded. But the longer they've been away from their home country having found shelter in the US, the harder it is for them to win asylum in Canada.