Queue the Rhetoric: Refugees, Resettlement and Reform

62 University of New Brunswick Law Journal 55, 2011

9 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2016

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Shauna Labman

University of Winnipeg, Global College

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

The day before Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) introduced the legislative package to reform Canadian refugee law in 2010, the Ministry announced an expansion of Canada's resettlement program to bring over more needy refugees. According to CIC, the expansion amounted to a potential increase of 2,500 resettlement places per year. That this announcement preceded the introduction of Bill C-11, Balanced Refugee Reform Act by one day demonstrates two important points. First, refugee resettlement is distinct from refugee law. Second, resettlement now sits in juxtaposition to in-country asylum. This article will chronicle the increasing tendency of the Canadian government to position resettlement against in-country asylum rather than present the two streams of refugee protection in their traditionally complementary roles. The consequence is an evasion and erosion of Canada's international legal obligations to refugees.

Keywords: refugees, rhetoric, resettlement, Canada, law, politics, reform

Suggested Citation

Labman, Shauna, Queue the Rhetoric: Refugees, Resettlement and Reform (2011). 62 University of New Brunswick Law Journal 55, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2809995

Shauna Labman (Contact Author)

University of Winnipeg, Global College ( email )

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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