Migration: who’s crisis? : asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in contemporary Canada and Sweden
Wong, Kelly Christine
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The movement of human beings across different lands and borders is hardly a new phenomenon. Though the motivations for these movements may be situational, what remains constant are the legal, political and social changes in society that they convey. Focusing on what has contemporarily been framed as the migration ‘crisis’, this work analyses the international and regional legal treaties that Canada and Sweden have ratified, which have attempted to simultaneously facilitate as well as hinder asylum seekers and refugees. Through a comparative lens, this work engages the national legal frameworks of both Canada and Sweden in relation to obligations as expressed in international and regional conventions, while considering the important premises of critical race studies, social inclusion, lived realities, and visions for the future for persons whose status are placed in certain legal categories. Ultimately, Canada and Sweden can learn from one another. Specifically pertaining to legal framework reformations, the Canadian Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, the Swedish Instruments of Law and the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) are examined. Compatibly, issues of racism and the straying from fundamental human rights as established in these key legislations are also analysed.