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A Nigerian migrant pauses as he approaches the US-Canada border, where Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers waited to arrest him.

People are fleeing the US to seek asylum in Canada, and the pause they take before crossing the border illegally is powerful

The migrants who manage to reach Roxham Road are fleeing poverty, violence, or danger back home, all to seek a new life in Canada.
Blaise Kidasharira, 34, talks to INSIDER just feet away from the US-Canada border, before he crossed it illegally to seek asylum.

A Burundian asylum-seeker who fled the US explains why he left behind everything he knew to reach safety in Canada

In the last two years, nearly 40,000 migrants have entered Canada illegally, many of them seeking asylum they believe is out of reach in the US.
Janet McFetridge shows INSIDER scraps of litter she has picked up from migrants who cross the border to Canada at Roxham Road.

One woman spends hours at the US border in rural New York every day, outfitting immigrants with knitted hats and gloves before they flee to Canada

Janet McFetridge is the deputy mayor of the border village of Champlain, New York. She spends her days helping migrants fleeing the US to Canada.
An immigrant who introduced himself to INSIDER as George pulls his luggage from a taxi, as he prepares to cross the border into Canada.

One asylum-seeker explains why he’s fleeing Trump’s America and seeking refuge in Canada

One asylum-seeker who said he had been living in the US for 25 years explained why he was seeking refuge in Canada, away from President Donald Trump.
Roxham Road is marked as a "DEAD END," but leads up to the northern US border where asylum-seekers cross a dirt path to enter Canada.

THE OTHER BORDER ‘CRISIS’: While America is fixated on Mexico and the wall, thousands of migrants are fleeing for Canada in a dramatically...

Migrants from around the world have been coming to a rural village in upstate New York for a chance to cross the border into Canada and seek asylum.