Canada rejects 70.7% of Nigerian asylum seekers who crossed borders

Canada rejects 70.7% of Nigerian refugees who crossed bordersSince 2017, more Nigerians have illegally crossed into Canada to seek asylum than citizens of other countries, according to Canadian officials (Christine Muschi /Reuters)

70.7% of Nigerians who illegally crossed borders into Canada to apply for asylum have been rejected by the North American country in 2018.

A recent Reuters report revealed that about 56% of refugee claims finalised between January and September 2018 were accepted, but the acceptance rates are lower for border-crossers, with Nigerians and Haitians forming the largest groups.

Nigerians make up a sizeable majority of thousands of people who have walked into Canada from the United States to file refugee claims since January 2017.

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