Bordering on failure: Canada–US border policy and the politics of refugee exclusion
Speakers: Professor Deborah E Anker (Harvard University), Professor Efrat A Arbel (University of British Columbia)
Date: Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Location: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB
Hosted by the RSC and Border Criminologies
Based on a recent report published by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC), entitled Bordering on Failure: Canada–U.S. Border Policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion, this talk will examine the Canada–US Safe Third Country Agreement, a ‘refugee sharing’ agreement implemented by Canada and the United States to exercise more control over their shared border. Drawing on interview data collected along the Canada–US border, it will evaluate how the Agreement has altered the Canada–US border landscape, and the effects it has had on asylum seekers.
The HIRC report concludes that the Safe Third Country Agreement not only closes Canada’s borders to asylum seekers, but also diminishes the legal protections available to them under domestic and international law. It further concludes that the Agreement has failed in its goal of enhancing the integrity of the Canada–US border, and has in fact prompted a rise in human smuggling and unauthorised border crossings, making the border more dangerous and disorderly, and placing the lives and safety of asylum seekers at risk. The talk will highlight these central findings, and, situating the Agreement in its global context, also examine the broader effects of its implementation.
Please visit the RSC website to read more about the speakers and add the seminar to your calendar: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/bordering-on-failure-canada-us-border-policy-and-the-politics-of-refugee-exclusion
To download the HIRC report, please click here: http://harvardimmigrationclinic.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/bordering-on-failure-harvard-immigration-and-refugee-law-clinical-program1.pdf