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Request Protection: Country Agreement and Refugee Status

request protection: And the U.S. is, officially, safe, according to Toronto Star. You can't claim refugee status in Canada if you've already tried in the States. Under Canada's Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S., refugee claimants have to request protection in the first safe country they arrive in, unless they qualify for an exception. But there is the law, and there is real life. Of the 7,800 people seeking asylum who have so far been processed by the immigration department, over 3,000 were intercepted as they walked across the border. The RCMP recently reported that, compared to the same time last year, the number of people walking across the border to claim asylum has tripled. ( As reported in the news.