The agreement allowing Canada to return refugees to the United States is the Constitution: Courts

Ottawa-The Federal Court of Appeals has found that the agreement between Ottawa and Washington to return asylum-seekers entering Canada from the United States does not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedom.

Court grants federal appeal alleging that federal court misinterpreted the law when it declared in July that a secure third-country agreement violated the constitutional guarantees of life, liberty and security. It was.

The Canadian Refugee Council, Amnesty International, the Canadian Church Council, and others can oppose the court agreement and seek leave to appeal today’s decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Under a bilateral agreement that came into force in 2004, Canada and the United States recognize each other as a safe place to seek protection.

This means that asylum seekers arriving at land entry points along the Canadian-US border can be turned back because Canada must pursue claims in the United States, the country of first arrival. To do.

Canadian refugee advocates have fought fiercely against asylum agreements, arguing that the United States is not always a safe country for those fleeing persecution.