News: Refugee Rights

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and views from CPJ on refugee rights by reading the articles written by CPJ staff and citing CPJ’s work.

2021 Federal Election

Creating a Just Canada 2021 Election Bulletin When the last federal election was called in 2019, no one could have imagined the events that would define the next two years: A global pandemic; over four million dead from COVID-19 (including 26,575 Canadians) exposing and exacerbating the pre-existing crises of poverty, homelessness, and inequity, as well…

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Creating a Better, More Just Canada

Creating a Better, More Just Canada Dignity. Everyone living in Canada should have confidence that their human rights are respected and that they can live their life with dignity. Children must have the freedom to enjoy all the opportunities of a safe, healthy childhood with access to culturally appropriate education, health care, and homes. No…

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We Can’t Settle for a Return to “Normal”

We Can’t Settle for a Return to “Normal” Before the pandemic even started, 1 in 8 households in Canada were struggling to put food on the table. 5.9 million people were estimated to be living in poverty. While data for the most recent years is limited, we know that poverty and precarity have been exacerbated…

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Job Opportunity: Refugee Rights Policy Analyst

Refugee Rights Policy Analyst Full-time position located in Ottawa Application deadline: September 15, 2021 Start date: October 2021 CPJ is accepting applications for a Refugee Rights Policy Analyst to provide high-quality policy analysis and public justice framing of a range of policy issues related to refugee rights and forced migration. Lived experience as a refugee or…

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The Human Cost Of Climate Change

“Climate migration is going to be a serious problem if the world does nothing,” said Stephen Kaduuli, a refugee rights policy analyst at CPJ.

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Migrant Workers are Organizing, and Winning

Low-waged and racialized workers faced a unique crisis in 2020 due to unfair immigration rules that would lead to the deportation of tens of thousands of migrant workers. A campaign began in earnest, led by migrant student workers themselves. Within a year, we won.

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Statement for Refugee Rights Day 2021

Citizens for Public Justice joins people across Canada in celebrating Refugee Rights Day on Sunday, April 4. This is the second Refugee Rights Day of the pandemic. On this day in 1985, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered a monumentally historic decision pertaining to the rights of refugees in response to Singh v. Minister…

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The Safe Third Country Agreement hurts refugees. Canada needs to ditch it.

By April Yeung and Ibnat Islam

STAND Canada’s 30-page collaborative research report with CPJ and STAND USA highlights how major differences between Canadian and American systems to determine refugees creates differences in the way asylum-seekers are treated in both countries.

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Canada needs to step up for refugees during the pandemic

By Stephen Kaduuli

The flow of refugee arrivals to Canada has slowed to a trickle. Yet, it is possible for Canada to both contain the virus and to continue resettling refugees.

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Migrant workers and other essential travellers won’t have to pay to quarantine

Migrant workers and other essential travellers arriving in Canada won’t be required to pay out of pocket to quarantine at hotels under new travel rules announced Friday.

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