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When economic interest overtakes refugee protection

Canada must really like its cars. 

According to the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), Canada welcomed more BMWs than refugees in 2012. It's the perfect illustration of a fundamental shift in Canada's refugee policies: putting economic considerations above humanitarian concerns. 

The Speech from the Throne – and “Shopping for Votes”

Almost unanimously trashed in the media as “fluff,” “rhetorical,” or “instantly forgettable,” last week's Speech from the Throne marketed a range of rather limited ideas and options, with little to offer on poverty eradication, ecological justice, and protection of refugee rights.

New ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’ campaign is launched

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2013 edition of the Catalyst.​​

Refugee health: Churches need to speak out

Today on Refugee Rights Day, the Canadian Council for Refugees is launching the Proud to Protect Refugees campaign with CPJ’s support. The campaign is asking organizations to make a public declaration of their support for refugees and people seeking support in Canada. Citizens for Public Justice has also sent a letter to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, asking him to rescind the cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program.

Refugees and their advocates score a point

A round of applause for the federal government, please. Some of the recently proposed reforms to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for refugees have been withdrawn—reforms that would have spelled disaster for many asylum seekers in Canada. And while the rest of the reforms remain a serious problem, the revision is a victory for refugees and their advocates.

The Nativity, “Rogue Refugees” and Canada

Now that the presents are unwrapped and the tryptophan is wearing off, it is fitting to reflect on the events that unfolded after the Nativity. As if giving birth in a barn wasn’t rough enough, Mary and Joseph soon faced a death threat against their son at the bidding of a sociopathic king. Upon divine counsel, they sought asylum in Egypt. God became a refugee.

Election 2011: Canadian Refugee Policy

For the last several years, changes to a refugee system described as ‘broken’ have been an important priority. With the current election and the potential changes it could bring, what better time to consider what all these ‘reforms’ have meant for refugee policy – and refugees – in Canada?

Election 2011: Canadian immigration - A chilly reception

Our historically warm welcome for immigrants has become decidedly colder recently: Canada is welcoming those with money at the expense of reuniting families and helping refugees. We also rely more and more on Temporary Foreign Workers who aren’t even allowed to apply for residency.

Public justice demands that we do our part to welcome the stranger and take action to ensure that newcomers to our country are met with a warm welcome.

Canadian Immigration: A one-way street

One-way street The numbers are out: in 2010 Canada let in the highest number of immigrants in over 50 years. But while Minister of Immigration, Citizenship, and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney may use this as evidence of a clean bill of health for Canadian immigration policy, these numbers do not tell the whole story.

Time for a New Political Strategy?

Different groups The recent tabling of Bill C-49, Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act, ignited a fervent outcry against its punitive measures against refugees. However, the Act also raises bigger questions about politics in Canada and the measures used to get things accomplished. Is cooperation towards the common good possible?

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