Protected faster, or fewer protected? The peril of ‘safe’ countries

Why we don’t need a list of safe countries to make Canada’s refugee system work quickly and fairly.

Embassy Photo: Ally Foster
Participants at a rally on Parliament Hill in October 2012 protest the government's deportation of Mexicans. The government labelled Mexico a so-called safe country in February 2013.
Salvator Cusimano
Published: Wednesday, 11/12/2014 12:00 am EST

In October, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander quietly but triumphantly named five more “safe” countries, or countries that don’t normally produce refugees. In the midst of high-profile debates over Canadian policy toward Syrian refugees and health-care coverage for refugee claimants, the announcement was scarcely reported in the media.

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