The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The membership is made up of organizations involved in the settlement, sponsorship and protection of refugees and immigrants. The Council serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of its membership.
The mandate of the Canadian Council for Refugees is rooted in the belief that:
Everyone has the right to seek and enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution; (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 14.1)
Refugees, refugee claimants, displaced persons and immigrants have the right to a dignified life and the rights and protections laid out in national and international agreements and conventions concerning human rights;
Canada and Canadians have responsibilities for the protection and resettlement of refugees from around the world;
Settlement services to refugees and immigrants are fundamental to participation in Canadian life;
National and international refugee and immigration policies must accord special consideration to the experience of refugee and immigrant women and children and to the effect of racism.
The Canadian Council for Refugees is guided by the following organizational principles:
The membership of the Canadian Council for Refugees reflects the diversity of those concerned with refugee and settlement issues and includes refugees and other interested people in all regions of Canada;
The work of the Council is democratic and collaborative;
Their work is national and international in scope
The Canadian Council for Refugees fulfils its mission by:
Providing opportunities for networking and professional development through conferences, working groups, publications and meetings;
Working in cooperation with other networks to strengthen the defence of refugee rights;
Advancing policy analysis and information-exchange on refugee and related issues;
Advocating for the rights of refugees and immigrants through media relations, government relations, research and public education.
Staff at Canadian Council for Refugees have experience in