The UN Refugee Agency considers resettlement – the selection and transfer of refugees from the state where they seek asylum to another state that volunteers to take them – a tool of refugee protection and an expression of international burden sharing.
In this account of Canada’s resettlement program from the Indochinese crisis of the 1970s to the Syrian crisis of the 2010s, Shauna Labman explores how rights, responsibilities, and obligations intersect in the absence of a legal scheme for refugee resettlement. In particular, she examines the role of the law on the voluntary act of resettlement and the effect of resettlement on asylum policies.
This pathbreaking book looks at the interplay between resettlement and asylum in one of the world’s most successful refugee protection programs and shows how resettlement can either complement or complicate in-country asylum claims at a time when refugee crises and fear of outsiders are causing countries to close their borders to asylum-seekers around the world.
1 Law’s Role in Resettlement
3 History, Humanitarianism, and Law
4 Numbers, Access, and Rights
5 Privatized Protection
6 The State of Sponsorship
7 Beyond the Convention
8 Unsettling Refugee Resettlement
Appendix: Federal Court of Canada Resettlement Cases
Shauna Labman is an associate professor of human rights in the Global College at the University of Winnipeg. She co-founded the Migration Law Research Cluster at the University of Manitoba and was a consultant for the Law Commission of Canada, the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New Delhi. In 2016, she was recognized as one of CBC Manitoba’s Future 40 for her advocacy work with refugees.
…the book is incredibly well researched, citing numerous cases and legislation. Because of the uniqueness of its subject matter on immigration resettlement, it is a must-have for any academic law library.
~Daniel Perlin, Osgoode Hall Law School Library, Canadian Law Library Review