Fewer asylum seekers may be attempting to enter Manitoba outside of a port of entry, new data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada suggests.
The figures, released July 15, show 83 individuals were intercepted by RCMP while trying to cross the international border into Manitoba during the first six months of 2019.
That’s down from 219 during the same six-month period in 2018.
In the first half of 2017, when irregular crossings near Emerson made international headlines and taxed municipal emergency resources, RCMP recorded 646 interceptions.
However, the latest numbers still indicate nearly one asylum seeker per day is apprehended by law enforcement in Manitoba during warmer months.
Monthly breakdowns show 53 individuals were apprehended in Manitoba during May and June, up from 30 in the first four months of 2019.
Across Canada in the first half of 2019, a total of 6,707 asylum seekers have been intercepted, 97 percent of them in Quebec.