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Refugee Law after 9/11

Refugee Law after 9/11

Sanctuary and Security in Canada and the United States

by Obiora Chinedu Okafor

Published by: UBC Press

362 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9780774861472
  • Published: September 2020


Common wisdom suggests that 9/11 changed everything about refugee law in the United States and Canada. But did it? Refugee Law after 9/11 systematically examines the evidence to reveal that refugee rights were already so whittled down in both countries before 9/11 that there was relatively little room for negative change after the attacks. It also shows that the Canadian refugee law regime reacted to 9/11 in much the same way as its US counterpart, and these similar reactions raise significant questions about security relativism and national self-image in the two countries.