About 90 percent of Haitians seek asylum in Canada

The Canadian government has started taking measures to address the situation, including construction of camps.

About 90 percent of Haitians seek asylum in Canada

The Canadian government has started taking measures to address the situation, including construction of camps.

10 August 2017 Thursday 16:17
About 90 percent of Haitians seek asylum in Canada

THE strong earthquake which occurred in Haiti Islands few years ago could be one of the reasons which causes many people to flee away and look for greener pastures in Canada.

BBC had reported that more than 1,200 people from Haiti had crossed into Qubec city in July this year seeking for asylum.

Already Haiti sent two government officials to meet the Quebec government on Tuesday, to discuss the situation.

The Canadian government has started taking measures to address the situation, including construction of camps.

The government through its Military wing is building a camp to house the refugees including Haitians who have been cross the US border

The camp would house up to 500 asylum seekers in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, near Plattsburgh, New York.

The construction begins about a week after Montreal turned its Olympic Stadium into a shelter for refugees arriving from the US.

The military-built camp would house hundreds of asylum seekers in heated tents fitted with flooring and electricity while they wait for their refugee applications to be processed, said a statement from the military.

Patrick Lefort, a spokesman for the Canada Border Services Agency, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation there is currently a backlog of asylum seekers at Roxham Road, a popular crossing point near Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec.

Montreal's Olympic Stadium is being used to as a shelter in August, and the city also plans to use the decommissioned Royal Victoria Hospital into a 320-bed facility.

Updated: 11.08.2017 09:54
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