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“The US is not safe for asylum seekers” – Federal Court of Canada strikes down the Canada-US Agreem

The Federal Court of Canada has determined that the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) infringes upon asylum seekers’ right to international protection and has given the Parliament six months to take necessary action. Until then, Canada can continue handing over asylum seekers to the US officials, exposing them to arbitrary detention and the possibility of immediate deportation to the countries where they have fled persecution or other life-threatening situations. The Federal Court should rescind the STCA immediately, not six months from now, say PROTECT researchers, Idil Atak, Zainab Abu Alrob and Jona Zyfi in this blog piece.

Protect partner presentations: Ryerson University

The Ryerson team is led by Associate Professor Idil Atak, joining her are the early career Ph.D. fellows, Zainab Abu Alrob, and Jona Zyfi. Together, they will drive the Canadian-oriented research of PROTECT, involving fieldwork among migrants and refugees in Canadian cities and co-leading PROTECT’s dissemination and engagement work.

PROTECT successfully launched in Brussels

A number of high profile representatives from the academic community, civil society organizations, and international organizations were present for Protect’s kick-off conference in Brussels on 9 March. The conference allowed both attendees and stakeholders to become more familiar with Protect’s research objectives and involved partners. Key speakers from United Nation’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) also stressed the urgency of Protect’s research, given the recent […]