Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Opens Another Temporary Shelter for Asylum Seekers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Opens Another Temporary Shelter for Asylum Seekers

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Another Montreal shelter opens for asylum seekers

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MONTREAL - Officials in Montreal have opened a new temporary shelter for asylum seekers in a building that once housed a convent, and said on Monday the city has received a demand to open even more spaces for migrants crossing the Canadian border.

Mayor Denis Coderre said the shelter, which opened Sunday evening and can accommodate about 300 people, is well organized and suitably equipped.

He pointed out that between 250 and 300 people are arriving daily at the Canadian border, up from 50 a day in the first half of July.

While hundreds of asylum seekers -- many from Haiti -- are already being housed at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, city councillor Harout Chitilian told reporters the city is being asked to do more. …

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