Designated Countries of Origin

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From 2011 – 2019 Canada’s refugee system contained a list of Designated Countries of Origin (“DCO“). History Bill C-11, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, received Royal Assent on June 29, 2010.  It introduced sweeping changes to Canadian refugee law, including establishing the DCO regime.  The government estimated that approximately 10% of all asylum claimants in … Read More

Admitting New Evidence at the Refugee Appeal Division

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Section 110(4) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (the “IRPA“) provides that at the Refugee Appeal Division (the “RAD“) a person may only present evidence that arose after the rejection of their claim or that was not reasonably available, or that the person could not reasonably have expected in the circumstances to have presented, at … Read More

Standard of Review in Refugee Appeal Division Hearings

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On December 15, 2012, the Refugee Appeal Division (the “RAD“) began considering appeals against decisions from the Refugee Projection Division (the “RPD“) to allow or reject refugee claims.  According to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s website, the steps to a RAD appeal are: Once you receive the written reasons for the decision from … Read More