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Asylum Seekers, Fleeing Trump’s Hostility, Overwhelm Quebec’s Refugee Resources

Crossing at remote locations along the border, thousands have left the U.S. for Canada in hopes of attaining refugee status

Photo:  Thousands of asylum seekers have fled the U.S. for Quebec, Canada, in recent months because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant statements and policies. (Photo: Morgan/Flickr/cc)

by  Jessica Corbett, staff writer – https://www.commondreams.org  – August 03, 2017

So many asylum seekers are pouring over the Canadian border from the United States that authorities opened Montreal’s Olympic stadium—a 56,000-seat arena and one of the city’s most famous landmarks—as a temporary welcome center.

Between January and June 2017, more than 4,000 people hoping to attain refugee status crossed the U.S.–Canadian border at remote locations, with nearly 80 percent of them entering Quebec. Last month, more than a thousand asylum seekers arrived in the province, according to Francine Dupuis, who runs PRAIDA, a government-funded program that helps asylum claimants adjust to life in Canada.

Read more: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/03/asylum-seekers-fleeing-trumps-hostility-overwhelm-quebecs-refugee-resources

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