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Asylum System: Acceptance Rate and Border Crossers

asylum system: The fact that the number of successful Haitian claims is very low should serve as a cautionary tale for those still contemplating crossing into Canada illegally from the U.S. to seek asylum, said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, according to CTV. Coming to Canada first of all has to be done through regular channels, and secondly the asylum system is only for people who are in genuine need of protection, Hussen said. Since February, the Immigration and Refugee Board has received 14,467 claims in total from what they call irregular border crossers, and the overall acceptance rate sits at 60 per cent. It's not for everyone. Just under 60,000 Haitians are covered by the policy that protects against deportation. People have been crossing into Canada between official checkpoints in increasing numbers since the start of the year, but the summer months saw a major surge after the U.S. government notified those who hold temporary protected status in that country that their status would be under review. ( As reported in the news.