Controlling the Borders: C-31 and Interdiction


  • Janet Dench Canadian Council for Refugees



Canada, Bill C-31, interdiction, asylum, immigration policy, human rights, human trafficking


This paper examines elements in the Bill C-31 package that relate to interdiction, setting them in the context of the failure of the international human rights to effectively protect the right to seek asylum. The Bill C-31 proposals are shown to be a continuation of longstanding Canadian policies and practices, as well as a reflection of international (particularly Western) preoccupations with migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons, especially as evidenced in the recently negotiated protocols to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.


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Dench, J. (2001). Controlling the Borders: C-31 and Interdiction. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 19(4), 34–40.

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