The flow of asylum seekers from the United States to the Canadian border near Montreal has not stopped. Nearly 3,000 people tried their luck in July and 3,800 since August 1st. Almost 85 percent of newcomers are said to have originated in Haiti, worried that the refugee program they had received since the 2010 earthquake in January 2018 would be abolished. Faced with these mass demands, the Canadian authorities are taking new measures.
The military is expanding the second canvas camp at the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle border crossing, which allows hundreds of asylum seekers arriving in Quebec to wait two or even four days near customs, Their identity is verified by customs officers, completely overwhelmed.
300 rooms will also be offered at a customs post in Ontario to relieve the border in Quebec. According to the Canadian Minister of Transport, there is also a need to better inform immigrants about the reality of refugee status in Canada, even before they leave the US. ” Our awareness campaign and the fact that we have mobilized our consulates is not just for the Haitian community. It is for all communities, the diasporas in the United States who could think of coming to Canada, “says Marc Garneau.
The Federal State is helping
According to statistics, Canada rejects every other refugee claim. However, given the time is taken to complete the file review, newcomers must be able to work in the meantime. Canada has therefore added staff to handle these requests. A news that pleases Quebec justice minister Kathleen Weil. ” The process for the work permit and access to the interim health program has been expedited from the beginning. Most of them who are fit, they want to work, “she explains.
An eleventh emergency shelter will also open in the Montreal area. It will welcome people who have left the border.