State of Refugees: An Introduction to Refugee and Immigration Issues in Canada
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This 8-page Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) booklet outlines Canada's roles in protecting refugees and refugee claimants, and our responsibility to protect the rights of non-citizens in Canada.
The booklet is organized into the following sections:
Refugees are people who are forced to leave their home countries because of serious human rights abuses.
- Canada and Refugees
Refugees can find protection and a permanent home in Canada through one of two ways: resettlement or refugee claim process.
- Canada and non-citizen rights
Basic human rights belong to all people, regardless of their citizenship (or statelessness).
For many refugees around the world, resettlement to a third country such as Canada represents the only available solution.
- Refugee Claim Process
A person fleeing persecution who is at Canada's borders or within the country can make a refugee claim. The claim process has two main steps: Eligibility and Refugee determination.
- Family Reunification
Families may be able to reunite in Canada in a number of ways.
- Settlement and Integration
Newcomers go through a process, beginning with settlement, when they make the basic adjustments to life in a new country, and moving through
to integration, when they become full and equal participants in all dimensions of society in the long-term.
- Protection of trafficked persons
Currently, women, children and men who are trafficked into or within Canada often fall between the cracks in the system. Detained and deported, they may be
- Security for whom?
The potential consequences of being inadmissible on security grounds are dramatic.
Download a copy of the booklet - PDF format (600 KB, 8 pages).