Fears Rise Of Immigration Influx Into Quebec Following U.S. Rule Change
Authorities have already had to deal with a surge this year.
Quebec authorities are closely observing a situation that might well be described as precarious.
A U.S. government decision to end a temporary residence permit program (TRP) that has allowed nearly 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States has generated concern that there might be a Haitian influx into Quebec.
Earlier this year, when it was announced that the programme might be terminated, waves of Haitians crossed over illegally into Canada to claim asylum. At one point, authorities had to deal with crowds in excess of 200 people per day.
The majority of asylum seekers trying to cross illegally into Quebec, from the U.S., in 2017 were Haitian.
At present, those who are in the U.S. under the TRP have 18 months to apply for citizenship. Should they fail to do so, they might be deported.
Several members of parliament are planning trips to the U.S. to dissuade asylum seekers from trying their luck in Canada.