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WRMC & Angus Reid Institute Survey:

Canadians Overwhelmingly Support an International
Anti-Corruption Court

Seven in ten Canadians support an International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC), according to a new survey from the WRMC and Angus Reid Institute.

The survey’s findings show that Canadians perceive that international corruption is a growing issue in Canada, and a majority of Canadians believe the government should be taking a lead on combating it. 

Grand corruption’s link to bad governance and forced displacement is unquestionable. It undermines governments’ responsibility to protect its population.

An IACC would be mandated to prosecute perpetrators of grand corruption and repurpose stolen assets to assist those forcibly displaced due to their bad governance.

Key findings of the survey include:

  • While there is significant recognition of corruption within Canada’s borders, 60% of Canadians believe the focus for the country needs to be working with the global community to stop international corruption.

  • A significant majority of Canadians support an International Anti-Corruption Court. Seven-in-ten either support or strongly support the establishment of the IACC. 

  • For those who support the establishment of an IACC, 4 in 5 believe Canada should look to establish the IACC in concert with its partners and allies.


The Canadian Government has decided to implement a key recommendation made by the WRMC in its 2019 report A Call to Action: Transforming the Global Refugee System to the Special Economic Measures Act that will allow the government not just to freeze but also to seize the assets of persons who are responsible for grand corruption.  Read 


WRMC Special Advisor Allan Rock discusses the proposed IACC arguing that it issues a measure of deterrence by holding the promise of holding kleptocrats to account - seizing the assets stolen from the country and repurpose them to assist the population in which they were stolen.  Read 


WRMC President Fen Hampson spoke with CBC Radio to discuss the adoption of a key WRMC recommendation by the Canadian Government that will permit the government to repurpose frozen assets of kleptocrats to assist refugees.  Listen (26:26) 


WRMC Chair Lloyd Axworthy appeared on CBC’s Power and Politics news program to discuss what more the United Nations can do to protect Ukrainian civilians as Putin continues to wage war against Ukraine including the establishment of UN humanitarian corridors to protect those fleeing.  Read 


The Task Force has published interim reports and recommendations as well as research papers from Central American, Mexican and other experts, addressing humanitarian protection, regional cooperation, drivers of migration, and strengthening regular pathways for migration.  Read 


The WRMC mourns the passing of former US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. A refugee herself, she championed the protection of human rights for refugees and migrants around the world. Her wise counsel and constant support for women and girls and others displaced by conflict guided our efforts, which we will continue.  Read 


The World Refugee & Migration Council is conducting a survey on the current state of the global refugee system and how it has changed since we published A Call to Action: Transforming the Global Refugee System in 2019. Your input will help us to review and focus collaborative efforts to implement the recommendations in A Call to Action.

Write us at with comments and questions about this newsletter or how to get involved in our Action Plan for transforming the global refugee and migration systems.

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