Canadian authorities said that asylum requests have increased threefold since the middle of July. Most of the asylum-seekers are Haitians, while some of them are of Yemeni and Somali descent.
According to the head of the Canadian union representing customs and immigration workers, up to 700 migrants cross the border weekly at the Lacolle crossing point.
« The pressure on the system is quite high, » George told Radio Sputnik. « The question arises how border control forces can deal with this surge. It has been tough on them, many of them feel that they are working 24-25 days per month overtime, even though resources have been sort of redistributed, » she said.
« On the whole Canada feels that it can’t handle that pressure, » the expert added....