Growing number of refugees from USA arriving in Canada

Posted August 12, 2017

Typically, the outflow is reported as resulting from "fear" of the climate created for illegals in the United States.

On Wednesday, almost 100 soldiers were sent to Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle - just across the border from Champlain, New York - to erect heated tents to temporarily house as many as 500 people, the armed forces said in a statement.

Members of the Canadian armed forces raise a tent to house asylum seekers at the Canada-United States border in Lacolle, Que.

While under Canada's Third Safe Country agreement with the USA asylum seekers who attempt to cross at legal border crossings are turned away at the border because the considered a safe country, the government says under the UN Refugee Convention it is compelled to hear the asylum claims of those who cross the border through unofficial crossings and make their refugee claims inland.

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Worried Haitians in the United States - many of them spurred by misinformation regarding the ease of obtaining residency in Canada - began crossing the border in increased numbers this month, hoping to obtain refugee status in Canada. Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Mr. Le Bouthillier said most of the soldiers will return to base once the camp is set up. "Its staff will not participate in law enforcement tasks and will not assist civil authorities in the conduct of their law enforcement duties".

The Montreal Olympic Stadium is being used to house asylum-seekers, as was the city's former Royal Victoria Hospital, officials said at a news conference. The delays mean migrants have been forced to wait in an area with no beds, just benches and chairs.

Montreal will also be turning its Olympic stadium into a shelter for asylum seekers.

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Numerous arrivals are being housed in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium.

Francine Dupuis, of Praida, a provincial programme for the reception and integration of asylum seekers, told the BBC that another 1,200 people had crossed into Quebec in July with about about 90 per cent of the migrants coming from Haiti.

Numerous asylum seekers appear to be Haitians who have been living in the USA for years and now face deportation, after Trump's administration decided in May to extend by only six months the temporary protected status granted after Haiti's deadly quake in 2010. According to officials, more than 3,000 people crossed into Quebec in the first six months of the year.

Rodrigue said the visit was to show asylum seekers "the Haitian people and government are with them, are behind them and don't forget about them".

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The Trudeau government ended its own TPS designation for Haitians past year, inviting its 3,200 holders to apply for residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.