Lives in the Balance: Understanding current challenges to the refugee claim process

May 2009

Canada’s refugee determination system has been the subject of recent
public commentary, much of it focusing on “abuse” and alleged
problems in the system.
The realities of refugees in the system have received less attention.
Refugee determination is complex and challenging. It is not easy to
decide who needs protection and who does not.

'Lives in the Balance' provides some answers to current questions and concerns about
the system, as well as information about a few of the individuals in the