Quebec government to give update on asylum seekers

Trevor Jackson
August 10, 2017

The shelters have lighting and heating and are being set up in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, the Quebec border crossing where the bulk of recent asylum seekers have been processed.

The federal government is deploying about 100 Canadian soldiers to build a temporary camp to house up to 500 asylum seekers near the Canada-United States border in Quebec. The residence will be able to house roughly 300 people.

Officials estimate that 400 people crossed the border at the site on Sunday alone. "When the site is completed, the military will return to their home base".

The soldiers will have no role in security matters and will not participate in law-enforcement tasks.

More than 50,000 people affected by Haiti's quake have been allowed to remain in the United States under "temporary protected status" according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Francine Dupuis, of Praida, a provincial programme for the reception and integration of asylum seekers, told the BBC that another 1,200 people crossed into the province in July, about 90% of them from Haiti.

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Canadian authorities accepted 50.5 percent of the 410 refugee claims by Haitians heard in 2016, government data showed.

As many as 600 refugee claimants have been given beds in the Olympic Stadium.

The camp is being built in anticipation of a large influx of asylum seekers from the US, said St├ęphane Mal├ępart, a spokesperson for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

It will take about two or three days for Canada Border Services to process the 700 asylum applications.

"There is an enormous amount of fake information circulating saying that it is easy to come to Canada", said Marjorie Villefranche, general manager of Maison d'Haiti, a Montreal community center that assists Haitian immigrants.

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