3Rd Country Agreement

The agreement does not apply to U.S. citizens or ordinary U.S. residents who are not nationals of a country (“stateless”). Historically, two countries have negotiated “safe third country” agreements to better manage the influx of refugees and asylum applications at their borders. This agreement is signed to the extent that both countries can offer asylum to people in distress. This is not the case with the Trump administration`s agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The Canadian Refugee Council strongly opposes this agreement because the United States is not a safe country for all refugees. The CCR also denounces the objective and impact of reducing the number of refugees who can seek refuge in Canada. The Safe Third Country Agreement applies to refugee claimants who wish to travel to Canada or the United States at Canada-U.S. border crossings (including rail). It also applies to airports where a person seeking protection in Country B has not been identified as a refugee in Country A and is transiting in Country A as part of his removal. The Trump administration has repeatedly threatened countries and led them to sign these agreements. Guatemala signed an agreement on a “safe third country” after the government threatened it with tariffs, travel bans and transfer taxes.

Prior to the launch of the Remain in Mexico program, the government threatened to impose tariffs on all Mexican products. The United States signed its first “safe third country” agreement with Canada. Basically, if you go through the U.S. to claim asylum in Canada, or vice versa, you will go back because the U.S. and Canada are considered safe enough for asylum seekers and equipped to handle refugee and refugee claims fairly. But the increase in refugee applications came at a time when the third-country security agreement was in force. Since the agreement allows the government to deport asylum seekers who attempt to enter official ports of entry, future refugees who do not meet specific exceptions under the agreement, such as. B a family member living in Canada, must find other ways to cross the border if they wish to apply for refugees in Canada.

WASHINGTON – A Canadian federal court ruled today that Canada`s “safe third country agreement” between the United States and Canada is contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms under the United States.