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Available Expert - Safe Third Country Agreement must be suspended

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Queen’s University refugee and immigration expert Sharry Aiken is available on the brief released today by Amnesty International (AI) and the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) calling for Canada to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.

The 52-page brief, Contesting the Designation of the US as a Safe Third Country, outlines the many ways that the US asylum system and immigration detention regime fail to meet required international and Canadian legal standards . It highlights how law and practice have deteriorated further since President Donald Trump took office.

Under the Safe Third Country Agreement refugees who present themselves at a Canada-US border post seeking to make a refugee claim in Canada are, with limited exceptions, denied access to the Canadian refugee system and immediately returned to the United States. The Agreement does not apply to individuals who cross irregularly into Canada, other than at a border post, and subsequently make a refugee claim inside Canada.

Please note Professor Aiken is available for phone interviews at 416-529-0379.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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