Haitians flee from the US to Canada’s French-speaking Quebec province

Haitians chasing false promises flee from United States to Canada

NEW YORK, Aug 15 2017 – Thousands of Haitians with uncertain immigration status have fled the United States in recent weeks, walking across the New York border into Quebec seeking a safe haven in Canada, according to the United Nations‘ refugee agency and Canadian immigration lawyers.

An influx of asylum seekers has put a strain on Canadian authorities, which has led them to build tents on the border, shift resources and set up new shelter space. The influx has in part been from Haitians living in the U.S. who say they fear the Trump administration will soon end their protected status in the country, sending them back to Haiti.     

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has suggested that a program that allows Haitians to reside in the United States — set up after an earthquake devastated their country in 2010 — may end in January. Many Haitians crossing into Canada are saying they fear their protected status in the U.S. would soon end, according to the UN and immigration attorneys.    [Read more]

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