In 2017, A Record-High Number Of U.S. Citizens Sought Asylum In Canada

The Canadian Border Services Agency at the Pacific Highway crossing from Blaine, WA to Surrey, BC.Scazon/CC BY 2.0/Flickr

The majority of U.S. citizens seeking asylum in Canada are the children of non-resident Haitians who risk deportation.

From 2016 to 2017, the number of U.S. citizens seeking asylum in Canada increased significantly, according to The Guardian, putting Americans behind Haitians and Nigerians as the third largest group making the trek.

In 2017, some 2,550 US citizens applied for asylum in Canada – an increase of more than sixfold from 2016 and the largest such number since at least 1994, according to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Americans were the third largest contingent of asylum seekers in 2017, after Haitians and Nigerians. The vast majority are children born to Haitian parents, according to experts.

“Most of the Americans applying for refugee status are the children of non-residents,” says Stéphane Handfield, a Montreal-based immigration lawyer. “They are US citizens because they were born there, but they come across the border with their parents because they don’t want to be separated.”

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So basically a really misleading headline.