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News Release:
Lawful, Safe Pathways Needed to Resolve Border Crisis

Ahead of the North American Leaders Summit, the North and Central American Task Force on Migration is calling on the governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico to create alternative, lawful and safe pathways for migrants and asylum seekers in the region. New approaches, along with new mechanisms for regional cooperation, are urgently needed:

  • Current enforcement measures to deter migration and restrict entry at the borders are not working. 

  • The need for workers, including health and care workers, in the United States favors finding ways of increasing labor migration — a move which has been central to Canada’s immigration policy in recent years as well — which would also provide alternatives to unauthorized migration.

  • The pressure of responding to the Afghan refugee situation in the United States and Canada is leading to discussions of new protection pathways, such as private refugee sponsorship and in-country refugee processing, making this an opportune time to consider bold new ideas for dealing with migration from Central America.

  • Longer-term demographic trends in both North and Central America indicate a need to reassess existing migration mechanisms.


The World Refugee & Migration Council, along with other Canadian organizations, has sent an open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada calling for specific actions to accelerate Canada's response to the crisis in Afghanistan Read   Lire en français 


This report overviews the WRMC event on the current situation facing millions of Afghans, how private and community sponsorship of refugee resettlement initiatives work and assist host nations to meet refugee demands.  Read 


This report looks at the WRMC research launch event on realistic alternatives for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey in the medium- to long-term and how to support these host countries.  Read 


Claire Higgins and Molly Fee discuss the Biden Administration’s reopening of the Obama-era complementary pathway for Central American minors as America is faced with an increased number of asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border.  Read 

  • The Toronto Star - Memo to the new cabinet: Canada must meet the moment in Afghanistan  Read 
  • Afghanistan’s Neighbours Recast Refugee Finance Formula  Read 
  • Radio Canada - « J’ai pu fuir, mais je recommence tout à zéro » : une juge afghane en exil se confie  Lire en français 
  • COP26, Climate Change and Migration  Watch 
  • Climate Migrants Can’t Wait for Global Frameworks  Read 
  • The Globe and Mail - Afghan refugees, fearing Canada has abandoned them, dig in for a hard winter in overseas purgatory  Read 
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