cent jump: The statistics also show Canada became the ninth-largest recipient of asylum seekers, more than doubling the number of claims in a single year at 47,800, according to Vancouver Courier. And for the first time in five years, the United States became the largest recipient of new asylum applications with more than 330,000 claims lodged in 2017 a 27 per cent jump from the year before. The annual Global Trends report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees was released Tuesday, showing the worldwide total number of displaced people reached a record 68.5 million last year, due to global wars, violence and persecution.article continues below Trending Stories City orders closure of Regent Hotel in Downtown Eastside Minimum wage increases go into effect June 1 across B.C. Vision announces pool of potential council candidates Greater Vancouver home prices to drop 21 per cent by 2019 analysis In 2017 alone, more than 16 million people were newly displaced. But U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear Tuesday that asylum seekers who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are not welcome in America. And we're allowing these people into our country Not with me. In a speech Tuesday, Trump accused many of these migrants of being child and human smugglers who try to game the system, invoking references to the notorious international criminal gang MS-13 attacking children with knives, not guns, because it's much more painful. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.