Definition for resettlement from abroad category

Resolution number: 
November 1994

There are many refugees in need of protection through resettlement who may fall outside the Convention refugee definition;

Therefore be it resolved: 

That the CCR:

  1. Support specific recommendation R7 of Issue Group 3 of the 1994 Immigration Consultation which states: "That CIC adopt a broader interpretation of the term "refugee" when assessing the protection needs of individuals for whom resettlement is the only option. In particular, the working group proposes the following terminology for inclusion in the proposed Resettlement from Abroad Class definition: Country of Refugee Class Member of the country of refugee class (source of country class) means an immigrant/person:
    1. who is outside the person's country of citizenship or habitual residence (who is residing in the person's country of citizenship or of habitual residence, where the person's country of citizenship or of habitual residence is a country of citizenship or of habitual residence listed in Schedule XII)
    2. whose life, safety or freedom:
      1. has been seriously affected by civil or armed conflict, government-tolerated repression, generalized violence or other circumstances that have seriously disturbed public order; or
      2. are threatened by massive violations of human rights.
    3. in respect of whom one of the following situations applies:
      1. there is no feasible possibility, within a reasonable period of time, of a durable solution in respect of the person; or
      2. the person has a relative living in Canada; or
      3. the person has an urgent need for protection.
    4. Who is outside of Canada."
  2. Call on Citizenship and Immigration Canada to establish the Resettlement from Abroad Category using the definition outlined above.
Working Group: 
Overseas Protection and Resettlement