War crimes and asylum in Canada

Reflections on the Ezokola decision and the barriers courts face in protecting refugees

Authored by: Catherine Dauvergne

The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415823944
eBook ISBN: 9780203385562
Adobe ISBN: 9781135924331


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This chapter reflects on the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2013 ruling in Ezokola v Canada. 1 The case is important because it changed the law in Canada, and because it has the potential to lead to change elsewhere as well. But it is also important because of the fulcrum position that it occupies in the ongoing tug of war between refugee advocates and those who assert that migration, and migrants themselves, are often tainted with criminality.

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