Refugee surge across U.S. border creates backlog at IRB

The number of refugee claimants crossing illegally from the U.S. into Quebec continues to rise dramatically – from 432 in February to 644 in March or an increase of 49 per cent – exacerbating the backlog at the Immigration and Refugee Board. 

The latest figures were supplied by the RCMP, which intercepts people crossing between official ports of entry – notably at Roxham Rd. near Hemmingford. 

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