Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Canada military builds refugee camp for refugees from US

A man hesitates before crossing into Canada A man hesitates before crossing into Canada
Erik Tate | 10 August, 2017, 00:28

"The Canadian Armed Forces is aware of the hard situation that is requiring significant resources of Canada Border Services Agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other partners in the area of St-Bernard-de-Lacolle", said Koronewski.

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

Mayor Denis Coderre said the shelter, which opened Sunday evening and can accommodate about 300 people, is well organized and suitably equipped.

There are now about 700 asylum seekers waiting to be processed, many of them Haitians who were allowed into the United States under temporary protection status after a massive natural disaster struck that country in 2010.

The camp is being built in anticipation of a large influx of asylum seekers from the USA, said Stéphane Malépart, a spokesperson for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

According to an estimate by the union representing Canadian customs workers, between 450 and 700 people are crossing the border every week.

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Officials said once the site was completed, only a few will soldiers will stay behind.

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

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

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

The wave of Haitians stems from their loss of "temporary protected status" in the United States, which was granted to 60,000 Haitians after the Caribbean nation was devastated by a 2010 quake.

Many Haitians who had been living in Canada for years have since raced to get permanent residency on humanitarian or compassionate grounds.

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