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Food crisis, violence prompt spike in Venezuelan asylum seekers in Canada

There have been various waves of migration from Venezuela to Canada, beginning in trickles in the 1970s and ’80s when they came to study through government scholarship programs, followed by the exodus of the professionals when Chavez was elected president in 1998 on a socialist agenda. Immigration Canada data show at least 3,300 Venezuelans have become permanent residents since 2014, with 527 others being granted asylum — three out of four Venezuelan refugees were accepted in Canada in each of the last two years. (The acceptance rate across all nationalities was about 65 per cent.). More…

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