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AVAILABLE EXPERTS – Supreme Court of Canada ruling on human smuggling

Friday, November 27, 2015

Queen's University legal expert Sharryn Aiken is available to comment on today's decision by the Supreme Court of Canada, in the cases Francis Anthonimuthu Appulonappa, et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen, et al., B306 v. Canada and Jesus Rodriguez Hernandez v. Canada, which found that two sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act had been applied too broadly to people who help refugee claimants reach Canada. At issue was how strictly the Immigration and Refugee Board should interpret legislation that denies refugee status to anybody who "knowingly organize, induce, aid or abet the coming into Canada of one or more persons" without documentation.

Professor Aiken's research focuseson issues of migration law and policy in context. More specifically, with the controversies, complexities and challenges posed by immigration and border security measures as well as the impact of these measures on asylum seekers, refugees and the communities they have established in Canada. In her capacity as Co-Chair of the Canadian Council for Refugees Legal Affairs Committee, she was involved in the organization's interventions in these cases.

Professor Aiken is available on on November 27, 2015, by phone, for print interviews only.

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