Making Canada’s Refugee System Faster and Fairer

Reviewing the Stated Goals and Unintended Policy Consequences of the 2012 Reform
9 mai 2017

The authors of the report write : « The SSHRC research project explores the practical and human rights implications associated with the recent moves towards securitization of migration in Canada. Although our research addresses both migration and refugee policies and legislation, our specific focus in this Working Paper are the refugee measures affected by the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act and the Balanced Refugee Reform Act. The Working Paper’s twofold purpose is, first, to examine whether reforms following the adoption of these Acts – which we shorthand to “the 2012 refugee reform” – work in intended ways and have reached their stated goals, notably protecting the “refugee system’s integrity”, including public safety and security. Second, the Working Paper aims at identifying some of the unanticipated consequences of the new measures. It is argued that the government has not been successful in reaching the stated objectives of the laws and policies under review. In addition, these measures have had some unintended and counter-productive results. We hope that the current government will take seriously the need to make progressive changes to our RSD system, in order to better protect the rights of refugees, restore Canada’s compliance with its international human rights obligations, and ensure smoother overall functioning »

« Making Canada’s Refugee System Faster and Fairer » is a working paper recently published by the Canadian Association For Refugee And Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS). To access the full paper, click here.

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Montreal – « Ville des droits humains »

May 26-27 - "Une ville. Une cause. Trois événements"
8 mai 2017

« Montréal, ville des droits humains » est un événement global qui se penchera sur le rôle joué par Montréal dans la promotion des droits de la personne.

Cet événement de deux jours est organisé par Amnistie internationale, l’Institut Montréalais d’études sur le génocide et les droits de la personne (Université Concordia), le Comité National Arménien du Québec et le Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.

The Development of a Common EU Migration Policy and the Rights of Irregular Migrants : A Progress Narrative ?

Academic Article by Alan Desmond
26 mai 2016

Please see this article by Alan Desmond :

« The inadequacy of European Union (EU) efforts to address the particular vulnerability to rights abuses faced by irregular migrants has become an article of faith for academics, activists and practitioners involved in the field of EU migration policy. This inadequacy is thrown into sharp relief by the efforts expended by the EU to prevent and reduce irregular migration, and control migration more generally. However, despite the emphasis placed on migration control in the common EU migration policy which has developed since 1999, that same policy and the EU legal order more broadly contain the raw materials out of which a robust human rights protection framework for irregular migrants may be wrought. The entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009 increases the chances of the practical realization of such a framework, the makings of which are already discernible in the recent jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union. »

To read the full article in PDF, please click here.


Bourses de recherche postdoctorales

Bourses postdoctorales Arnold & Blema Steinberg sur les politiques et le droit des migrations internationales
3 avril 2016

La générosité de la Fondation Arnold et Blema Steinberg est au cœur de cette nouvelle et excitante bourse de recherche. Le Centre sur les droits de la personne et le pluralisme juridique de la Faculté de droit de McGill a le grand plaisir de pouvoir offrir deux bourses de recherches de niveau postdoctoral pour l’année 2016-2017.

Le poste est d’une durée de un an avec la possibilité de renouvellement pour une année supplémentaire. Le candidat travaillera en collaboration avec la Chaire Oppenheimer en droit international public, ainsi qu’avec le Centre sur les droits de la personne et le pluralisme juridique sous la direction de François Crépeau, professeur à la Faculté de droit, directeur du Centre sur les droits de la personne et le pluralisme juridique, et Rapporteur spécial pour les Nations Unies sur les droits de l’homme des migrants.

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