A dramatic shift in global migration patterns is unfolding this year on Minnesota’s border with Canada. Refugees—typically from African countries, motivated in part by fears they are not welcome in the United States—have been moving from and through Minnesota to seek asylum in Canada. While their ranks are still small overall, their numbers began spiking last winter as they walked north across the sparsely populated border near Emerson, Manitoba, often risking their lives in sub-zero temperatures.
Once they reach Canada, authorities intercept and screen them. If cleared, many end up in Winnipeg, the metropolis closest to the border, where they can begin applying for refugee status, with help from individual sponsors. The Winnipeg-based Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, a refugee resettlement agency, told TCB that it
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