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World Refugee Council Calls for Major Actions to Transform the Global Refugee System

Government of Canada Letter Welcoming A Call to Action Report

Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
| January 24, 2019
Given the current global climate, Canada welcomes initiatives like the World Refugee Council, led by former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy, established to generate new thinking and recommendations to improve global responses to refugee issues.
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Report on Venezuela Refugee and Migration Crisis Presents Plan for Action

Fen Osler Hampson, Centre for International Governance Innovation
Michael J. Camilleri, Inter-American Dialogue
| October 31, 2018
A report written for the World Refugee Council by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Inter-American Dialogue identifies critical gaps in the existing response to the forced displacement of millions of Venezuelans, and presents a plan for bold, coordinated action by the international community.
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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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