Date of Award
Major Research Paper
Master of Arts (MA)
Immigration and Settlement Studies
Canada's refugee determination system is in crisis. Over the closing decades of the 20th Century, the number of individuals seeking refuge grew dramatically and this placed a strain on the international community to adapt. The increased ease of transportation made many more countries accessible to the refugee movement. As a result, various deflection strategies were implemented by the industrialized states to curtail this flow. This time period is truly unique in that it tests a Nation's tolerance and questions the capacity of existing decision-making processes to effectively balance international obligations with a sovereign interest in migration control. This major research paper analyzes three key challenges -- backlog, abuse and security issues and compares how the Canadian, Australian and the United States refugee determination systems seek to address them. Finally, necessary improvements and developments are proposed.
Singh, Parminder, "The challenge of refugee determination in a self-interested world" (2007). Theses and dissertations. Paper 472.