"People forget the resilience; [refugees] are human beings that have survived."
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Seidu Mohammed walked across frozen fields near Emerson, Man., in a -30 C windchill.
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They also don't get to "jump the queue" ahead of people in refugee camps.
Barriers and containment will not stop people from fleeing, and deportations to unsafe countries merely returns victimized people to unending uncertainty, oppression and abuse. Let us ensure that our treatment of vulnerable people trapped in the desperation of the global migration system remains dignified.
Canada and the U.S. will gather the "hard facts" about the recent influx, Goodale said after the meeting.
They face persecution in Hong Kong.
More than 1,000 people have filed refugee claims at the Quebec-U.S. border since January, compared with about 200 during the same time last year.
The issue will be one of many the public safety minister will discuss with John Kelly.
"Some heavy snow squalls, zero visibility, and these people are walking north straight into the wind."
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Stays in migrant camps along the way often culminate with a lengthy period in a U.S. immigration detention centre.
"I think that there is a lack of access to justice (for claimants in the United States)."
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Michelle Rempel is pushing Liberals to speak up.
One man made a break for Canada right in front of U.S. border patrol.
By the end of last year, 65.3 million people had been forcibly displaced from their homes.