News and Opinions

Read, watch and listen to the latest updates about the Council, its research and activities. As well as opinions, analysis and stories from its councillors and other experts on issues facing refugees.


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

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.
Read More

As the Global Compact on Refugees Takes Shape, Don’t Forget Women and Girls

Jessie Thomson
| December 13, 2017
In 2016, United Nations member states unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. In the declaration, states made a powerful commitment to take action on behalf of and in partnership with refugee women and girls, promising, among other pledges, to combat sexual and gender-based violence, provide access to sexual and reproductive health care services, and ensure women and girls’ “full, equal and meaningful participation in the development of solutions.”
Read More

Don’t Expect a Quick Return for Myanmar’s Refugees

Jessie Thomson
| December 1, 2017
Ask refugees the world over what they want, and many will quickly reply they just wish to return home.

Of course, home is not meant as the burning, miserable place they fled violence and certain death. But rather, it's a period of time where they could live their lives in peace.
Read More