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Quebec, Ottawa to Address Asylum Seeker Influx Amid Housing Crisis

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Quebec, Ottawa to Address Asylum Seeker Influx Amid Housing Crisis

Quebec Premier Francois Legault is set to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to address the province’s growing concerns over the significant influx of asylum seekers. With housing shortages and overwhelmed homeless shelters, Legault is seeking federal assistance and policy changes to alleviate the strain on Quebec’s resources.

The meeting comes amid mounting tensions between the provincial and federal governments over immigration and refugee policies. Legault has previously requested that full immigration powers be transferred to Quebec, a proposal rejected by Trudeau during earlier discussions.

At the heart of the issue is Quebec’s ability to provide for the increasing number of asylum seekers arriving within its borders. Legault has expressed concerns about the province’s capacity to accommodate these individuals, citing a housing crisis and overstretched homeless shelters as significant challenges.

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One of the Premier’s key demands is for the federal government to reimburse Quebec for the $470 million spent on supporting asylum seekers in 2021 and 2022. This financial burden, combined with the influx of asylum claims, has put immense pressure on Quebec’s resources.

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Legault has also drawn attention to the rising number of asylum claims from Mexico, attributing this trend to the possibility of entering Canada from Mexico without a visa. He has called for stricter visa policies and an equitable distribution of asylum seekers across the country, emphasizing the need for a more balanced approach.

The meeting between Legault and Trudeau comes at a critical juncture, as Quebec grapples with the complexities of managing the asylum seeker crisis while upholding its humanitarian obligations. Both leaders will need to find common ground and develop comprehensive solutions to address the challenges faced by the province.

As the negotiations unfold, the well-being of asylum seekers and the preservation of Canada’s reputation as a welcoming nation hang in the balance.

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