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Toronto Faces Having to Close Community Centres, Cancel Programs to House Migrant Tide from US

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, left, standing in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, advises migrants that they are about to illegally cross from Champlain, N.Y., and will be arrested, Aug. 7, 2017. PHOTO: National Post/AP/Charles Krupa

In a few weeks, 800 migrants in college dorms must give way to students. But city shelters are full and the system is at a breaking point, mayor John Tory says

By Richard Warnica | 26 June 2018

NATIONAL POST — Toronto’s emergency shelter system is past capacity and can no longer accommodate new refugee or asylum seekers, Mayor John Tory warned Monday.

More than 3,200 asylum seekers were spread across the Toronto shelter system as of June 20, Tory told the city’s MPs in an urgent bid for more federal and provincial cash and cooperation.

Many of the asylum seekers crossed into Canada at Roxham Road, on the Quebec border with New York State, before finding their way to Toronto. They’re part of an unusual influx of migrants — heading north from the United States — that is straining all parts of Canada’s refugee system. […]

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