Refugee Rights

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Book Review: The Boat People

 From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

The Boat People 

By Sharon Bala

McClelland & Stewart, 2018

Reviewed by Deborah Mebude

The Boat People is inspired by the untold stories of hundreds of Tamil refugees who arrived on British Columbia’s coast in 2009 and 2010. It depicts the tension between the slow pace of government protocols and the urgent...

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Stop Asking Refugees to Pay for Travel

Let’s Stop Asking Refugees to Pay for Travel

Most refugees arrive in Canada already indebted to the government by $3,000 to $10,000 for the costs incurred in bringing them to this land, including medical exams, travel documents, and plane tickets. They must begin repaying this loan within one year, when they have barely begun to regain their footing.

Here’s our proposal: waive the loan repayment...

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The Politics of the Safe Third Country Agreement

The Politics of the Safe Third Country Agreement

Political pressure is mounting as refugee claimants continue to face barriers to protection at the Canada-U.S. border. With our latest report, Reclaiming Protection, CPJ amplifies the call for an overhaul to the Safe Third Country Agreement. As the countdown has begun to the 2019 Federal election, it’s useful to take a deeper look at exactly what...

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A Haitian man talks with an RCMP officer while waiting to cross the U.S.-Canada border into Quebec last August. (CNS photo - Christinne Muschi, Reuters)

Churches among advocates challenging agreement that sends refugees to U.S.

The Safe Third Country Agreement faces an important test this summer as political opponents keep an eye on the number of asylum seekers using irregular border crossings. Meanwhile, a federal court challenge of the Agreement as a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms mounted by the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Canadian...

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How Canadians can help stop children being torn from their parents at the U.S. border

Anger. Disbelief. Grief. Outrage. Many of us are feeling emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted as we grapple with the news reports coming out of the United States. As part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, over 2,000 migrant children have been forcibly separated from their parents since April. While we can’t exert influence as voters...

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Reclaiming Protection

 

“Reclaiming protection” provides background on the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), which has allowed the Canada Border Services Agency to return refugee claimants to the U.S. since December 2014. The policy is based on the premise that...

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Faith Groups Cross Borders in Support of Refugees

Faith Groups Cross Borders in Support of Refugees

A strong display of global support for refugees was present at the International Refugee Rights Conference, held at York University from June 7 to 9, 2018. More than 800 participants from all parts of the world gathered for the three-day event, hosted by the Canadian Council for Refugees. Citizens for Public Justice sponsored a workshop exploring...

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Gender and Refugee Integration in Canada

Gender and Refugee Integration in Canada

EUUNICEF, and scholarly reports show that women refugees often have a more difficult time securing employment, lack adequate access to important health services, and face a double discrimination effect of being minorities and women. Similar data is found among refugees in Canada, with reports showing consistently lower employment rates for refugee women. 

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Canada’s Not So Safe Agreement

Letter: Stop calling refugee claimants “illegal”

June 2018

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As refugee claimants continue to arrive at Canada’s border from the United States, Canadians have been engaged in vigorous debate on how we should respond. International refugee law is clear that crossing the border outside of an official port of entry is legal. CPJ has asked that all Members...

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Canada should fully waive travel loans for refugees

Letter: Canada should fully waive travel loans for refugees

April 2018

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CPJ along with our partners at the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue, Mennonite Central Committee, and World Renew, call on the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to fully waive travel loan repayment for all refugees. 

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