Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Canadian military builds camp to house refugees from US

Canadian military builds camp to house refugees from US

Canada has sent about 100 soldiers to a remote spot on the Quebec-New York border where asylum seekers are crossing illegally.

Meanwhile Montreal's Olympic Stadium has been converted into a temporary shelter and there are also plans to use the abandoned Royal Victoria Hospital, which would provide 320 beds to migrants.

According to the agency it may take up to three days for Canada Border Services to process the 700 applications for asylum.

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.

"The Canadian Armed Forces will have no role in security matters", said Evan Koronewski, a spokesperson for the Department of National Defence.

The Canadian military said in a statement Wednesday that the soldiers will help the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency at the site. The rest will go back to their home base.

"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 centre that assists Haitian immigrants.d'Haiti, a Montreal community centre that assists Haitian immigrants.

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The majority of those asylum seekers, or 3,350 people, crossed into Quebec, while 646 crossed into Manitoba and 332 people crossed into British Columbia. Typically, the outflow is reported as resulting from "fear" of the climate created for illegals in the United States.

In May, Donald Trump announced that the United States would end the programme that extended temporary protection to Haitian citizens after the devastating 2010 natural disaster.

This year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended their status through next January, but officials said in May that people covered under that status should begin acquiring travel documents to return to Haiti.

Canada's deportation ban, which was enacted after a 2004 coup and extended after the natural disaster, expired in August 2016.

Such Haitian asylum seekers also face an uncertain future in Canada, however, because Ottawa's own program granting temporary refuge after the quake has already ended, after being extended twice by the Trudeau government.

IRB data showed more than 4,500 hearings scheduled in the first four months of 2017 were cancelled. Even before the flow of Haitian asylum seekers, Canada was on track to have the most refugee claims in nearly a decade.

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