About the Speaker Series
Head of International Migration Law Unit, International Organization for Migration, Geneva, Switzerland
"Asylum, International Migration Law and the Challenges for the Future"
A pillar of the international human rights regime is the right of individuals not to be returned to their country of origin because of their actual or well-founded fear of persecution on account of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Since the end of the Cold War, asylum has become an increasingly important part of immigration policy. Successful annual claims in the United States rose from a low of 5,000 in 1991 to more than 29,000 in 2012.
This speaker series will examine the dynamic national systems of asylum law in Canada and the United States and their interactions with other governments, civil society actors, and individuals throughout North America.
Learn more: 2014 2015 Speaker Series Seeking Asylum in North America