Refugee claimants in Canada shouldn’t be forced to sleep in a shelter

Published in Christian Courier on June 20, 2024

Despite Canada being recognized globally as a leader in refugee resettlement, no similar system exists for refugee claimants – those who arrive seeking protection at or within the Canadian borders. As a result, refugee claimants are left with inadequate assistance, making them vulnerable to exploitation and homelessness. With 137,947 refugee claimants in 2023 alone, Canada needs to do better. CPJ joins other Canadian faith-based communities to call upon Canada to develop and implement A National Plan for Asylum with Dignity. As a signatory to both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1951 Refugee Convention, Canada must ensure that it is upholding the rights of those fleeing persecution.

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