A new camp that would house up to 500 asylum seekers in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, near Plattsburgh, New York is being built by the Canadian military. The construction begins about a week after Montreal turned its Olympic Stadium into a shelter for refugees arriving from the US.
Over 3,300 people crossed into Quebec between 1 January and 30 June.The military-built camp would house hundreds of asylum seekers in heated tents fitted with flooring and electricity while they wait for their refugee applications to be processed. This is contained in a statement made available by Canadian Military.
“There is currently a backlog of asylum seekers at Roxham Road, a popular crossing point near Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec. It will take about two or three days for Canada Border Services to process the 700 asylum applications. In the meantime, there is no place for them to stay” says Patrick Lefort, a spokesman for the Canadian Border Services Agency.