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Montreal opens another temporary shelter for asylum seekers

Montreal opens another temporary shelter for asylum seekers

Teams of Canadian soldiers stretched canvas across the metal frames of tents at a camp site near the Quebec-U.S. border Wednesday as they helped fellow authorities cope with the crush of asylum seekers crossing into Canada.

"We have about 100 personnel here on the ground who will set up 25 tents in order to house approximately 500 people", Maj.

In the first half of 2017, more than 4,300 asylum seekers walked across the USA border into Canada. All but a few will return to their home base once the site is completed.

Thousands of migrants are fleeing the United States for Canada via a remote back road in Upstate New York.

Asylum seekers wait to be processed at the Canada Border Services Agency office in Lacolle, Que., Friday, August 4, 2017.

"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.

The Royal Victoria Hospital, shuttered in 2015 due to age, will also be opened and can accommodate about 320 people.

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".

More than 3,300 people crossed into Quebec between 1 January and 30 June.

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

Many of those who have arrived are originally from Haiti and fear being sent back to that country should US President Donald Trump end a program that granted them temporary protected status following the massive 2010 natural disaster that devastated Haiti.

Canada's own program granting Haitian nationals temporary refuge here after the quake has already ended, after it was extended twice by the Trudeau government.


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