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Quebec housing asylum seekers in Olympic Stadium, dealing with 150 requests a day

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Waves of Haitians walking into Quebec seeking asylum
WATCH: Montreal's Olympic Stadium has been converted into temporary shelter for hundreds of Haitians seeking asylum in Canada. As Vassy Kapelos reports, critics are worried the system can't handle the influx – Aug 3, 2017

Quebec’s immigration minister says the number of people seeking asylum in the province has tripled in the last two weeks.

READ MORE: With spike in asylum seekers, Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to be used as shelter

Kathleen Weil says there were roughly 50 requests a day between July 1 and July 19 but that the number has since surged to 150 a day.

Weil told a news conference in Montreal Thursday morning the spike is putting a lot of pressure on accommodation resources.

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READ MORE: Increase of asylum claims in Canada means wait times could hit over 11 years, cost $2.97B

Her comments came a day after asylum seekers began arriving at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium where they will stay on a temporary basis.

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Many of those arriving were of Haitian descent.

READ MORE: Number of asylum seekers continues to rise, especially in Quebec

In the United States, the Trump administration is considering ending a program that granted Haitians so-called “temporary protected status” following the massive earthquake that struck in 2010.

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