Canada’s Trudeau says asylum seekers won’t be turned away

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the country’s policy to turn away asylum-seekers turning up between official border crossings will end.

The issue flared up again earlier this year as more than 5,300 people crossed illegally to claim asylum in Canada.

British Columbia said last month it was making the measure permanent in response to complaints from residents.

But Prime Minister Trudeau says Canada will no longer say it “will not help folks who are in need in this region”.

Canadian immigration rules ban asylum-seekers crossing into the country illegally. If they are found to be refugees they are entitled to a hearing before an immigration officer.

Mr Trudeau’s Liberal government reacted to the increase in irregular border crossings by saying it would “return travellers who would not otherwise qualify for refugee protection” to the US.

After considering the new Canadian government’s requests, Mr Trump tweeted earlier this month that Canada “can handle” border crossings, unlike the US, and that he would not blame Ottawa for “the unfair, imprecise and often dangerous US immigration laws”.

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