Commitment to Asylum

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Resolution number: 
6
May 2009
Whereas: 
  1. The right to access asylum in Canada is a legal international obligation under the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees;
  2. Resettlement of refugees from abroad, although not an obligation under the Convention, is a demonstration of Canada’s responsibility sharing and commitment to refugees;
  3. The global trend of States to limiting access to asylum is causing the shrinkage of asylum space as the needs increase,
Therefore be it resolved: 

That the CCR call on the government of Canada to:

  1. Reiterate and increase its commitment to continue to resettle refugees from abroad, and at the same time ensure that refugee resettlement numbers overall are not conditional on the number of persons accepted as refugees in Canada;
  2. Comply with its obligations under the Convention to ensure access to fair and efficient status determination for all persons seeking asylum at the Canadian borders and in Canada regardless of the numbers admitted under its resettlement from abroad program.
Working Group: 
Overseas Protection and Resettlement