The Canadian Council for Refugees is calling on Canada to take the following priority actions:
- Reunite families
- Resettle 20,000 Government-Assisted Refugees annually
- Offer basic services to refugee claimants
The CCR participated with others in a project to develop ethical guidelines for research with people in situations of forced migration.
The guidelines include a checklist for organizations who are approached by researchers, to help evaluate whether the research will be conducted ethically, and taking into consideration the particular vulnerabilities of people who have been forcibly displaced.
In addition to the guidelines, there is a document “Your Rights in Research: an information sheet for people taking part in forced migration research (in English, French and Arabic).
This paper gives a brief outline of the CCR’s main concerns relating to refugees and mental health. It focuses on refugees, but many aspects apply to other newcomers, particularly those who have suffered serious human rights abuses, such as survivors of trafficking, and those with precarious status, such as migrant workers.
The new federal government has made some important commitments to open the door to refugees and to give higher priority to family reunification. This document present three key priorities in the areas of family reunification, private sponsorship of refugees and migrant workers.