Refugee Policy: An Overview

Junyk, Myra
June 2019
Canadian Points of View: Refugee Policy;6/30/2019, p1
Refugees fleeing persecution in their homeland found sanctuary in Canada even before it became an independent nation; indeed, as early as 1776, Loyalists from the United States sought refuge to Canada during the American Revolution. Even though refugees have come to Canada for hundreds of years, the country had no formal process for admitting refugees until after World War II. From 1947 to 1952, Canada accepted 250,000 displaced persons from Central and Eastern Europe. In 1969, Canada signed on to the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its protocol, agreeing not to return anyone to their country of origin if they feared persecution. Since then, Canada's own refugee policy has been modified several times to adapt to changing laws and global realities.


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