Fewer migrants crossed the border irregularly in Canada


New data from the federal government shows that fewer asylum seekers have entered Canada "irregularly" compared to last year, although a slight increase was recorded in June.

In June, RCMP officers intercepted 371 more migrants than in May, as they attempted to travel to Canada from the United States between official border crossings.

This is also a slight increase over the 300 or so irregular crossings recorded in June of last year.

According to Conservative MPs Michelle Rempel and Pierre Paul-Hus, this shows that the number of irregular migrants is "rising" in Canada.

But in all, the numbers show a downward trend this year compared to the previous year.

Between January and June 2019, 6,707 asylum seekers entered Canada illegally, a decrease of 38% over the same period in 2018.

The month of June was the first month of 2019 when the number of irregular crossings was higher than in the same month of the previous year.

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