Asy­lum fig­ures show slower rate of ir­reg­u­lar cross­ings

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

OT­TAWA (CP) — Newly pub­lished gov­ern­ment fig­ures show fewer asy­lum-seek­ers cross­ing ir­reg­u­larly into Canada than last year, al­though June did see a small in­crease over other months this year. Last month, RCMP of­fi­cers in­ter­cepted 371 more mi­grants try­ing to cross into Canada from the United States be­tween of­fi­cial bor­der check­points com­pared to May. June of this year also saw a small in­crease of over 300 ir­reg­u­lar cross­ings com­pared to the same month of last year. But the over­all to­tals show a down­ward trend this year ver­sus last. Be­tween Jan­uary and June 2019, a to­tal of 6,707 asy­lum seek­ers crossed ir­reg­u­larly into Canada, a 38-per-cent drop com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2018.

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