Refugee Rights

CPJ works to educate the public — especially churches — on the ever-changing landscape of refugee legislation in Canada. Through research, policy monitoring, and publishing, we bring attention to the impact of legislative change on refugees and claimants, and on the groups who sponsor and support them to come to Canada.

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Working Together for Refugee Rights

When it comes to refugee rights, we need a government that is transparent, that listens and cares, and that is cooperative with other parties.

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The Canadian Racial Reality

People of color and Indigenous peoples in Canada continue to face systematic racism. However, there has been a relative absence of any meaningful conversation about the issue during this election.

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Refugees shouldn’t have to pay to get to Canada

Refugees resettled in Canada are expected to cover the costs associated with transportation to their new home. To help them afford this, the federal government’s Immigration Loans Program provides the funds upfront, and then collects repayment over time once refugees have arrived in Canada.

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Farm workers in forum focus

An election forum on immigration drew a large crowd to the downtown Kelowna library on Saturday. The event was co-hosted by Amnesty International, KAIROS and Citizens for Public Justice.

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All candidates forum held in Kelowna

Ten federal candidates presented their policies to voters on Saturday in Kelowna. Jules Knox reports.

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Upholding Refugee Rights

Upholding Refugee Rights CPJ envisions a world in which individuals, societal institutions and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good. We strive to bring about public justice and promote human rights. This framework is particularly imperative when working on issues that surround the treatment of refugees. All refugees are immigrants, but not…

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Legal aid ping pong harms vulnerable refugee claimants

In its spring budget, the Ontario government cut Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding by $133 million and said it will no longer provide provincial funds for refugee and immigration cases. LAO is mandated to promote access to justice for refugee claimants among other vulnerable Ontarians. The cuts would mean that claimants would have been denied…

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Access to justice in the refugee context

Access to justice, particularly for the most vulnerable persons in society, is a key issue in policy debates in Canada. Refugees are persons who have fled from traumatizing circumstances and need the legal system to facilitate the establishment of their refugee claims. Photo by witwiccan is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

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New Asylum Restrictions at the U.S.- Mexico Border

The Trump administration announced new immigration rules ending asylum protections for almost all migrants who arrive at the US-Mexico border. The changes are likely to have a domino effect on Canada with which the US signed the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) in 2004. It is time for Canada, as a world leader in refugee rights protection, to end the STCA.

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Slaves in Libya

Thousands of black Africans are fleeing armed conflict, persecution or severe economic hardship hoping to reach Europe for better lives. Their journey usually begins with a trek through deserts to Libya. Then, they proceed for the Mediterranean Sea on unseaworthy boats to Europe. However, many of them end up in overcrowded detention centers, run by smugglers, where they are traded as slaves.

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