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Asylum applications from Quebec border crossers to be heard by dedicated team

Asylum applications from Quebec border crossers to be heard by dedicated team
From CTV - August 11, 2017

OTTAWA -- Twenty officials from the Immigration and Refugee Board have been assigned to focus exclusively on processing the asylum claims of people crossing illegally into Quebec.

The dedicated team will begin next month, hearing applications from those who arrived earlier this summer, but the decision is being driven by the exceptionally high volume of people arriving in recent days.

The IRB says that between Aug. 1 and Aug. 7 alone, 1,798 people showed up at an unofficial crossing from the U.S. into Quebec.

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