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Mexicans fleeing violence face new obstacles in Canada

Mexico has long been known for its sun-soaked beaches, but increasing drug violence is changing that image. No one knows…

By Magally Zelaya , in Immigration , on April 10, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Protest march against violence in the country, called "Iluminemos México"
Protest march against violence in the country, called

Mexico has long been known for its sun-soaked beaches, but increasing drug violence is changing that image. No one knows that better than the Mexicans who are fleeing to Canada. They come seeking the refugee status that would allow them to stay.

Canadian officials say refugee claims from Mexicans rose to more than 8,000 in 2008, up from 7,000 the previous year, due to the vicious drug wars at home. But, as Magally Zelaya reports, the application process just got more complicated for Mexican refugees and now only some may get the help they need.

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