Jean-Nicolas Beuze Discusses Haiti Refugees Situation
UNHCR Canadian Representative Jean-Nicolas Beuze was interviewed by CTV News on Friday, to address the situation at the Lacolle border in Quebec where hundreds of asylum seekers of Haitian origin have been crossing the United States border into Canada. Canada, specifically Quebec is known for their strong Haitian community.
Beuze addressed the processes that asylum seekers will have to go through for their refugee status to be determined by Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board, adding that 1 in every 2 Haitian asylum seekers in Canada in 2016 had their claims accepted. Beuze also noted that UNHCR is confident in the robust system implemented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Border Services Agency and local service providers to ensure that people arriving across the border are quickly welcomed, sheltered and treated for any medical needs.
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