by Staff writer
The number of US citizens seeking refuge in Canada skyrocketed last year, US media reports.
Exactly 2,550 Americans applied for asylum in Canada in 2017, according to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
That’s more than a sixfold increase from the 395 Americans who applied in 2016.
It’s believed that the hard-line immigration policies of President Donald Trump have fueled the increase in the number of Americans fleeing to Canada.
The United States supplied the third-highest number of asylum-seekers to Canada in 2017, just behind Haiti (7,785 applicants) and Nigeria (6,005 applicants).
Canadian officials have said that while Canada remains an open, welcoming country, crossing into it is not “a ticket for permanent residence.”
“Coming to Canada, asking for asylum in Canada is not a guarantee for permanent residence in Canada,” Louis Dumas, a spokesman for the immigration ministry, said last year.