16 January 2013

Regional Focus: North America

After analyzing asylum decisions for FY 2012, the TRAC Immigration Project found that the "odds of an asylum claim being denied in Immigration Court reached an historic low..., with only 44.5 percent being turned down. Ten years ago, almost two out of three (62.6%) individuals seeking asylum lost their cases in similar actions. Twenty years ago fewer than one out of four (24.0%) asylum applicants won their cases, while three out of four (76.0%) lost."  More information is available on the project's web site.  See also asylum decisions made on a judge-by-judge basis.

Other publications:

Blueprints for the Next Administration (Human Rights First, Dec. 2012) [access]
- Three sets of recommendations on LGBTI refugees, repairing the asylum and refugee resettlement systems, and immigration detention.

CARL in the Courts: Ezokola v. Canada, a Primer (Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, Jan. 2013) [access]
- Intervention on case involving exclusion.

"Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum: An Analysis of 206 Case Outcomes in the United States from 1994 to 2012," Hastings Women’s Law Journal, vol. 24, no. 1 (2013) [full-text via SSRN]

"Indirect Refoulement: Challenging Canada’s Participation in the Canada-United States Safe Third Country Agreement," Wisconsin International Law Journal, vol. 30, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

Year in Review: Changes in 2012 for Refugees and Other Newcomers to Canada (Canadian Council for Refugees, Jan. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

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