201703_MARCH Inside Policy COVER (1)March 2017: Asylum seekers

Christian Leuprecht on why the current influx of refugees from the United States into Canada should have us focusing on what we do before illegal border crossers arrive at our doorstep

OTTAWA, March 27, 2017 – A string of highly-publicized illegal border crossings has blown the lid off a simmering debate about resources at Canada’s borders. Do we have enough officers posted along the 49th parallel? Would a few more Mounties help stem the slight increase in refugee claimants?

But to Christian Leuprecht, MLI Munk Senior Fellow, these are the wrong questions to ask.

In the cover story for the March 2017 edition of Inside Policy, the magazine of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Leuprecht lays out an effective strategy for maintaining the integrity of Canada’s refugee system.

“Canada should be concentrating – and surging -- its resources beyond – rather than at – the border”, writes Leuprecht. “We need to shore up intelligence and immigration enforcement capacity to ensure fair and equitable access to protection for the world’s most vulnerable people”.

To read the full edition of the magazine, click here.

The problem, says Leuprecht, is that by the time refugee claimants arrive at the border it is too late. Instead Canada should be bolstering its work with its allies to avert the flow of illegal migrants before they set out, and ensuring enough resources to enforcing the rules.

The stakes are high, says Leuprecht. Canada’s immigration and refugee policy exists on a delicate balance of welcoming people in greatest need of resettlement without letting in so many that the system is overwhelmed.

Also in this issue of Inside Policy:

When a Supreme Court judgment is not final, Stanley H. Hartt

Does Canada have a culture? Philip Carl Salzman

Why we will never run out of work, Brian Lee Crowley

Why Ottawa should worry over Canada’s stagnant labour force participation rate, Sean Speer

Once irregular migrants are at our borders, it’s too late, Christian Leuprecht

Worth celebrating, but not good enough, Charlotte Gray

What Canada 150 means to me, Ujjal Dosanjh

The world is right to be nervous about Trump’s foreign policy, Stephen Saideman

Unprepared Canada vulnerable to crippling cyber attacks, Ray Boisvert

Why Canada needs to shift its security axis to the Pacific, Edward Luttwak

What comes after the defeat of ISIS? Alex Wilner

NATO and the return of deterrence, Stéfanie von Hlatky

Looking North with caution, Aurel Braun and Stephen Blank

We don’t have to choose between fighting terror and deterring Russia, Marcus Kolga

A strategic focus for Canada-Australia security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, Peter Layton

Liberals making gradual but real progress on Indigenous issues, Ken Coates

Universal basic income is an idea that is powerful, simple and wrong, Robert Colville

How a lack of competition is squeezing workers’ wages, Brian Lee Crowley