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Quebec Premier and Prime Minister will discuss asylum seeker influx

Quebec Premier Francois Legault will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss the significant influx of asylum seekers in Quebec. Legault has expressed concern about the province's capacity to provide for these individuals, citing a housing crisis and overstretched homeless shelters. He has called for a better distribution of asylum seekers across the country. This meeting follows earlier discussions between the two leaders, during which Trudeau denied Legault's request for full immigration powers to be transferred to Quebec. Legault has also requested that the federal government reimburse Quebec for the $470 million spent on supporting asylum seekers in 2021 and 2022. The Premier has drawn attention to the increasing number of asylum claims from Mexico, attributing this to the possibility of entering Canada from Mexico without a visa. He has called for stricter visa policies and an equitable distribution of asylum seekers across Canada.

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