Montreal’s Olympic Stadium will be housing asylum seekers after a spike in the number of people crossing at the United States border in recent months.
The stadium is being transformed into a refugee housing centre to deal with the influx.
According to recent federal government data, including preliminary figures for June, there was a “pronounced shift” in the number of people crossing at the Quebec-U.S. border.
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Francine Dupuis, who oversees a government-funded program to help seekers get on their feet, tells Radio-Canada the numbers are unprecedented.
Volunteers from the Quebec Red Cross are helping set up the cavernous facility for a temporary stay with 150 cots in the rotunda with a food court, showers and WiFi.
Among the claimants are men, women and children from many different countries including Chad, Eritrea and Haiti, who all entered Quebec through the American border.
The first people are expected to arrive at the stadium Wednesday.