OTTAWA, May 14 -- A total of 7,612 asylum seekers illegally crossed the border into Canada from the United States in the first four months of 2018, CTV reported on Monday.
Some 96 percent of those asylum seekers entered the country outside official ports of entry, according to the report. More than 7,300 of them entered Quebec province, while the other two provinces Ontario and British Columbia received the remainder, almost 150 asylum seekers each.
The Quebec government has urged the Canadian federal government to help pay costs associated with the over-representation of asylum seekers in the province.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said earlier this month the Canadian government was in exploratory talks with the United States to reopen the so-called Safe Third Country Agreement.
The agreement allows both countries to turn back asylum seekers at border crossings except when they enter through an illegal point of entry. (Xinhua)