In the Wake of Irregular Arrivals: Changes to the Canadian Immigration Detention System

Authors

  • Stephanie J. Silverman York University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.39616

Abstract

This article seeks to address the policies, practices, and conditions of immigration detention in Canada. The article surveys detention worldwide, its promulgation in Canada, and changes ushered in via 2012 policy innovations. Focusing on mandatory detention and its relationship to the Designated Countries of Origin policy, the article also demonstrates the disproportionality of the Canadian government’s response to recent arrivals of people migrating by boat. The article emphasizes the dangers of establishing mandatory detention provisions and questions the justifications provided by defenders of the policies.

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Published

2014-11-19

How to Cite

Silverman, S. J. (2014). In the Wake of Irregular Arrivals: Changes to the Canadian Immigration Detention System. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 30(2), 27–34. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.39616