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Trudeau Condemns U.S. Separation of Families for First Time as Calls Mount to Scrap the Safe Third Country Agreement

Maura Forrest
| June 21, 2018
Still, the fundamental attitude toward asylum seekers has shifted under the Trump administration, said Lloyd Axworthy, chair of the World Refugee Council and foreign affairs minister under former prime minister Jean Chrétien. He said the Safe Third Country Agreement was a “workable arrangement” when it was first signed, because both countries agreed on the basic principle that people have a right of asylum. He believes that’s now changed, and Canada needs to disassociate itself from Washington’s “draconian measures.”

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Political Accountability for the Treatment of Refugees is in Steep Decline

June 20, 2018
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, Lloyd Axworthy, Chair of the World Refugee Council, issued the following statement:

World Refugee Day is an important opportunity for the international community to stop and reflect on the current state of peril in which the global refugee system operates. As we’ve seen recently in the US and other areas around the world, political accountability for the treatment of refugees is in steep decline. Those regimes and actors that cause mass movements of involuntary migration largely go unpunished. Meanwhile, toxic attitudes towards asylum-seekers are creating political tensions in states around the world, limiting places of refuge and making life difficult for those who do migrate.

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To Truly Help Refugees, We Should Listen First

Shaima Al Zarooni
| June 5, 2018
The international community is currently in the midst of negotiations on the UN Global Compact on Refugees which provides an opportunity for the world to redeem itself on an issue in which it has failed so miserably to date: the treatment of refugees.

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Global Refugee Crisis Can't Be Addressed Without a Serious 'Paradigm Shift'

Staff, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
| January 29, 2018
The issue of human migration has become the political third rail of our time — an issue so toxic and so volatile it has swung elections and temporarily shut down the United States government.

And with the refugee crisis poised to dominate another year of headlines and influence domestic politics around the globe, it is difficult to feel hopeful.

Lloyd Axworthy has been searching for possible solutions.
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