Re-examining the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country agreement

November 16, 2020

In light of the migrant crisis in Central America and along the southern US border, it was valuable to re-examine the obstacles which the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) created with respect to those seeking refuge from violence and horror in Central America. Bringing together experts in law, government, and public policy, the Global Migration Lab Student Research Initiative explored the ongoing questions surrounding the STCA.


  • Dr. Craig Damian Smith (discussant) Senior Research Associate, Ryerson University; Global Migration Lab
  • Chris Alexander former Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship; former MP for Ajax-Pickering
  • Heather McPherson MP for Edmonton Strathcona, NDP Critic for Human Rights
  • Robert Falconer Research Associate, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
  • Prasanna Balasundaram Staff lawyer, Refugee and Immigration division, Downtown Legal Services