Assessing Bill C-49: An Act to Prevent Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System

12 noon - 2 pm

The Centre for Refugee Studies presents a panel discussion on Assessing Bill C-49: An Act to Prevent Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Date: Friday November 12, 2010 Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm Location: Stedman Lecture Hall, Room 120E (building #22 on the York campus map found here: In response to a few hundred Tamil asylum seekers who arrived in Canada onboard two ships over the past year, the government has introduced Bill C-49. In addition to modifying the definition of human smuggling and the penalties imposed on human smugglers, the Bill seeks to discourage asylum seekers from coming to Canada without valid visas. It does so by allowing the government to designate as "irregular" any group of asylum seekers who come to Canada, and then imposing penalties on asylum seekers, regardless of whether they subsequently obtain refugee status. The penalties include: mandatory unreviewable detention, limits on appeal rights, and five year bars on obtaining permanent residence (during which time refugees cannot bring family members to Canada and cannot leave the country). An expert panel will offer an assessment of these and other aspects of Bill C-49, focusing on the following topics: Sharry Aiken, Queen's University: Provisions targeting smugglers Peter Showler, University of Ottawa: Mandatory unreviewable detention of designated asylum seekers Sean Rehaag, Osgoode Hall Law School: Bar on obtaining permanent residence for 5 years Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto: Impact beyond designated asylum seekers James Milner, Carleton University: Global political implications A discussion with audience members will be held following the presentations. For those unable to attend, this panel will be streamed live on the internet. Internet participants will also have opportunities to text in questions. To view the live stream on November 12, 12-2pm, please go to this link: Windows users should have windows media player on their computers in order to watch the stream. It is also preferable to use Internet Explorer as their Browser. Mozilla usually works but sometimes it doesn't if certain plugins are absent. Mac users need silverlight,and /or the media player for Macs plugin A few days after the panel, the video will also be available to view on the internet at the Refugee Research Youtube channel:

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