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According to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees a refugee is a person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race religion nationality and is unable to or owing to such fear is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of the country Each country has a different set of criteria which must be met before entrance and refugee status are granted Article 141 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to seek and enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution Article 142 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights then states This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principals of the United Nations This declaration has granted individuals the right to attempt to seek safety in another country while at the same time allowing for contrasting interpretations to be made by each country Canada has always taken a humanitarian approach with its policy So much so that according to a speech made by GCJ Van Kessel Director General Refugees Branch Citizenship and Immigration Canada Canada selects more refugees for resettlement as a percentage of our total population than any other country This has many of us wondering how the government can ensure the safety of all Canadians while at the same time maintaining the humanitarian policy According to Immigration Canadas numbers describing the projected Immigration Levels of 1999 Canada granted refugee status to a number totaling between 22100 - 29300 In comparing Canadian and International laws concerning the admittance of refugees it was found that all countries whom have a policy in place by which refugees may enter the country follow the guidelines of the Geneva Conventions Act The act was signed in 1949 for the purpose of the protection of war victims The differences which exist
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