As the Trump administration persists with its harsh immigration policy south of the border, calls are mounting for Canada to suspend or rescind the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA). Implemented in 2004, the STCA requires those seeking asylum in Canada or the US to make a refugee claim in whichever country they arrived in first.

Sharry Aiken joined the podcast to discuss the STCA and its history. She argues that the US is currently unsafe for refugees, and looks at the political implications of suspending the agreement.

Sharry Aiken is an associate professor at Queen’s Law, where she teaches international refugee law, immigration law, international law and international human rights law. She is a past president of the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Read the Policy Options article Aiken co-wrote in April 2017: Fortress USA and policy implications for Canada.

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Photo: Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick


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