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Montreal’s Olympic Stadium nearly at capacity with refugees

Staff Writer

Haiti Sentinel

MONTREAL, Quebec, CA ( – Available space to accommodate asylum seekers at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal is nearing capacity according to officials who are hoping to open several shelters in the coming hours to accommodate the many that began arriving from the United States this week.

A space for up to 1000 persons was created inside the stadium, but by Friday night, more than half had already been occupied. Watch video.

“It’s very difficult to plan,” said Francine Dupuis, Deputy CEO of CIUSSS in the Center-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. We manage peaks, but we can not predict the duration and intensity of these peaks. We are trying to plan in the short term and the stadium is one of the sites available to accommodate people. ”

Ms. Dupuis assured that all resources are currently being used to welcome migrants and offer them support until the asylum process is completed.

Many of these migrants are experiencing psychological distress noted by specialists.

“We do health tests because we want to see if they have a contagious disease. Do they have medication problems? We see the health and psychosocial side because there are people who are in crisis of anxiety and stress. Afterwards, they are accompanied in all document processing, “she continued.

The migrants settled at the Olympic Stadium will not be able to stay there. Some will find housing and even work.

Last year, an asylum application took five months to be processed, but due to a high number of applications, the process may take longer this year.

If their asylum application is rejected, migrants can appeal.

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