TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s largest city said on Wednesday it is activating an emergency contingency plan to shelter refugee claimants as it prepares for an influx of migrants this summer, a rare move that underscores the strain caused by the inflow of asylum seekers.
Toronto will house 800 asylum seekers in college dorms over the summer, the city said in a statement. But after August, it will need a new contingency plan and may house people in community centers instead, the statement added.
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More than 27,000 asylum seekers have illegally crossed the Canada-U.S. border since U.S. President Donald Trump came to office last year.
The influx has strained Canada’s backlogged system for assisting people seeking refugee status, leaving aid agencies scrambling to meet growing demand for housing and social services.
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Wednesday’s announcement came as a surprise to refugee agencies, said Francisco Rico, co-director of Toronto’s FCJ Refugee Centre. He and his colleagues have been working with the city for months to develop a longer-term solution.
“It’s a bandage. Of course a bandage doesn’t help in the long term, particularly if people continue coming in (at) this level.”
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