Que­bec asks for fed­eral help over asy­lum seek­ers

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL – The Que­bec gov­ern­ment says it is fac­ing even more asy­lum-seek­ers en­ter­ing the prov­ince from the United States this year and is ask­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for help. Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter David Heur­tel says the num­ber is fore­cast to in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly this sum­mer.

He told a news con­fer­ence Mon­day there have been 6,074 asy­lum-seek­ers so far this year, up from about 2,000 dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Heur­tel says pro­jec­tions sug­gest there will be up to 400 cross­ings a day this sum­mer, com­pared to 250 in 2017. Sev­eral se­nior Que­bec ministers joined Heur­tel to an­nounce the prov­ince will soon reach its ca­pac­ity for ac­com­mo­dat­ing asy­lum­seek­ers.

Last year, the in­flux of bor­der crossers was linked to the end of a U.S. gov­ern­ment pro­gram that granted Haitians so-called “tem­po­rary pro­tected sta­tus” fol­low­ing the mas­sive earth­quake that struck their home­land in 2010.

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