QUÉBEC | Quebec asks Ottawa to take charge of the surplus of asylum seekers and refuses to relive a summer similar to last year at borders.
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Minister David Heurtel, Jean-Marc Fournier, Sébastien Proulx and Lucie Charlebois, will announce Monday that they will limit it to 85 % the occupancy rate of the four temporary shelters for irregular migrants, learned VAT News.
Beyond this threshold, it is Ottawa who will be in charge of the accommodation, claiming the government of Philippe Couillard.
The capacity of the four centers, or YMCA, Boscoville, Thanks Dart and the old Royal Victoria hospital, designated as centres of temporary accommodation will be limited to 1850 places.
It is not a matter, for Quebec, to relive the scenario of last summer and to open the olympic Stadium to accommodate irregular migrants.
More and more migrants
Federal and provincial officials estimate that there could be 300 to 400 illegal entries per day this summer to the border at Lacolle.
During the peak period in July of last year, there were approximately 250 per day.
Moreover, since the beginning of the year, there were three times more illegal entries than at the same date last year. From January 1 to April 30, 2017, 2023 irregular migrants have crossed the canadian border, compared to 5913 since the beginning of the year 2018.
The occupancy rate of the four centres varies, currently around 70% to 80%. But when you leave Pascal, it is increased to 86 %, which led to fears of the authorities that they would not have the resources necessary to handle the newcomers, who must pass through these centers temporary.
The government of Québec is also concerned about the level of preparedness of the federal authorities to face this new wave of migrants.
The folder behind the Ottawa side, according to sources. Moreover, the government of Quebec is still awaiting a response to the letter that he sent to Ottawa on the 21st of march, in which he claimed $ 146 million for the reception of migrants.
Québec also asks for an acceleration of the processing times of asylum-seekers in order to facilitate their integration.
Asylum-seekers who pass by Quebec
2012 to 2017 : 3500 per year
2017 : 25 000
An increase of 714 %
75 % are irregular migrants
Half of the asylum seekers who come to Canada spend by the Quebec