Roughly 7,000 asylum seekers detained at Quebec border in past 6 weeks.

The authorities confirmed yesterday that around 7,000 asylum seekers have been stopped at the Quebec-U.S. border in the last six weeks.

The force intercepted more than 3,800 people between Aug. 1 and 15, while the nearly 3,000 in July were almost quadruple the 781 from June, says Claude Castonguay of RCMP.

The vast majority of asylum seekers — between 80 and 85 per cent — are Haitians.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada spokesman Louis Dumas said in a briefing in Lacolle that many of those people are being lured to Canada with false information about what awaits.