It is an established legal principle that refugees present at or within Canada’s borders are entitled to basic protection under Canadian law. Where precisely these borders lie, however, is far from clear. Dr. Arbel will discuss how legal measures like the Multiple Borders Strategy and the Safe Third Country Agreement restrict access to refugee protection in Canada, and erode the protections that would otherwise be available to refugee claimants under Canadian law. Dr. Arbel will also discuss how access to refugee protection has been further restricted with the onset of COVID-19, and what we may expect when as pandemic measures begin to ease and the Canadian border re-opens.
Join this highly participatory conversation to get a peek into what’s happening to Canadian Refugee Law – and where we might be after the pandemic. Presented in partnership with UBC Centre for Migration Studies.
More information on the speakers, our moderator and a backgrounder on the issue can be found at: https://mapbc.org/in-focus-lecture-canadian-refugee-law-who-is-it-protecting/