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Members of Haitian government coming to Montreal to 'support' asylum seekers

Members of Haitian government coming to Montreal to 'support' asylum seekers
From CBC - August 8, 2017

The Haitian government has sent two representatives to Montreal in light of the influx of Haitian asylum seekers crossing illegally into Quebecfrom the U.S.

Foreign Affairs MinisterAntonio Rodrigueand StphanieAuguste, minister for nationals livingabroad,will touch down in MontrealTuesday afternoon.

Immigration Canada says the number of asylum seekers, most of them Haitian, crossing illegally near the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., border crossing has quadrupled in the past two weeks from about 50 a day to 200 a day.

According to Ann-KathryneLassgue, spokesperson forthe Haitian ambassador in Canada, the two ministers will arrive atTrudeauairport around 2 p.m.

Lassguesays the ministers coming to "thank the Canadian and Quebec governments" for taking on the newly arrived refugee claimants, and to "ensure the Haitian government's support to all its citizens."

The two politicians are expected to meet with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderrethis afternoon.

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