Harsh US and Australian policies were developed behind closed doors, carefully exploiting legal loopholes to stop asylum seekers from reaching their borders. Other countries are looking to copy. At the event 'Refugee Deterrence and Diplomacy', Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill and Dr Daniel Ghezelbash discuss the damage done by the policies and the opaque process behind them.
According to University of Toronto Chair in Human Rights Law Audrey Macklin, Canada’s unique program enabling groups of ordinary people to support a refugee’s resettlement is positively transformative – for the refugees, the sponsors, and for their communities and the citizenry at large. We invite you to watch the video from Professor Macklin's presentation 'What’s so special about Canada? How ordinary Canadians successfully sponsor refugees' hosted by the Kaldor Centre on 12 March 2018.
Since President Donald Trump’s election, Canadian authorities intercepted thousands of people crossing the US border to claim asylum in Canada. Why, and how is this shaping the system in the northern neighbour that vowed to be ‘a compassionate country for refugees and asylum seekers’?
Environmental disasters and climate change are now the leading causes of displacement worldwide. Yet those forced from their homes by floods, drought, cyclones and earthquakes are not generally protected by international refugee law or other types of international protection.
In his opening address to the Kaldor Centre Conference 2017, Acting Director Guy S. Goodwin-Gill's year in review surveys history to remind us that providing protection and finding solutions for refugees is a perpetual struggle.
For the first time in decades, world leaders are rethinking the legal frameworks that govern the movement of people across borders. When the Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 convenes on 24 November, key local, regional and global players in the negotiations will take stock of the talks and anticipate what might be achieved.
It’s hard to imagine a more difficult political context in which to be negotiating new global agreements on migrants and refugees. US President Donald Trump proclaims ‘America First,’ slashes refugee resettlement numbers, and continues to push construction of a massive wall on the US-Mexican border in spite of evidence and the opposition of many in his own party...