Refugee Rights

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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

June 2018 Download the resource (PDF)   “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 refugees should make their claim in the first “safe” country in...

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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 the...

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Gender and Refugee Integration in Canada

Gender and Refugee Integration in Canada

EU, UNICEF, 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 Read the letter 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 of...

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Canada should fully waive travel loans for refugees

Letter: Canada should fully waive travel loans for refugees

April 2018 Read the letter 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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Social Networks Are Key to Refugee Integration

Social Networks Are Key to Refugee Integration

Canada has a positive record of refugee acceptance and a relatively comprehensive integration strategy. Research has shown, however, that refugees still struggle to integrate in a number of areas. Long term data shows that refugees contribute a great deal to the Canadian economy, achieve high educational levels, and integrate relatively well. Despite strong willingness to...

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Help Refugees Flourish in their New Homes

Help Refugees Flourish in Their New Homes

Can you imagine escaping a dangerous situation and finally beginning a new life in Canada… but doing so with $10,000 in debt, before you even started language classes or enrolled your children in school? For more than two decades, Canada was the only country in the world to charge refugees interest on their travel loans. For a...

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Disenchantment for Refugees in Canada

Disenchantment for Refugees in Canada

I thought you could come here as a doctor, physician, engineer, construction worker, or journalist. As an immigrant, you think you’ll be considered at the same level as your Canadian counterparts. But once you land in Canada, your dream is over because you don’t have “Canadian experience.” Canada does welcome immigrants. But they should be...

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Allow Salvadorans to make a safe claim in Canada

In light of looming deportations from the US for some 200,000 Salvadorans, Canada must reconsider its refugee process and rescind the Safe Third Country Agreement.

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