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Haiti - TPS FLASH : Canada prepares to welcome a new wave of asylum seekers
23/11/2017 09:40:13

Haiti - TPS FLASH : Canada prepares to welcome a new wave of asylum seekers
Following the decision of the Trump administration to terminate the designation of Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for Haiti on July 22, 2019, http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-22759-haiti-flash-tps-more-than-50-000-haitians-will-have-to-leave-the-usa.html Canada is preparing to welcome a new wave of asylum seekers fleeing the United States. In addition to trying to obtain permanent resident status in the United States or to return to Haiti, Haitians may try to find another host country but for the most part, Canada represents the Eldorado because of an important Haitian community firmly established in Montreal.

Ralph Goodale, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, said on Tuesday, "We have prepared for all scenarios [...]" adding "e will have to ensure that Canada's laws are respected, but also our international obligations."

However, the Trudeau Government is currently unable to estimate how many migrants could cross the Canadian border.

Ahmed Hussen, the Federal Minister for Immigration, revealed on Wednesday that the majority of asylum seekers who crossed the border in Canada this year are Haitians and to date, out of a total of 6,304 Haitian claims, only 298 have been finalized, and 29 were accepted (10%) http://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-22635-icihaiti-flash-barely-3-of-asylum-seekers-in-quebec-have-obtained-a-work-permit.html He pointed out that the very low number of accepted applications should serve as a warning for those considering illegally crossing the border between the United States and Canada... Note that those whose applications have been rejected may appeal under certain conditions, but if the call fails, they risk deportation to Haiti.

Remember that the fear of this decision, was enough in early summer to create a wave of migration to Canada or more than 10,000 asylum seekers had crossed the border illegally to seek refuge in Quebec. Despite the onset of the Canadian winter, 60 to 70 asylum seekers still arrive each day from the United States...

In Quebec, David Heurtel, the Minister of Immigration ensures that Quebec will be ready to welcome a new wave of migrants to the border, while affirming that it does not have information confirming that this US decision would create a new wave of migrants at the border, or how big is saying, "We do not have that information ... but we're watching it very closely."

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