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World Refugee Council Report Spurs Canadian Legislation that Would Use Frozen Assets of Dictators to Help Refugees

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

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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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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