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Demostrators protest against federal cuts to refugee health services on Parliament Hill on June 17, 2013.
Demostrators protest against federal cuts to refugee health services on Parliament Hill on June 17, 2013.
(FRED CHARTRAND/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

COLIN ROBERTSON

Canada got it right on immigration. Now it’s time to lead on refugees

The international refugee system needs a hand.

“Humanitarians can help as a palliative but political solutions are vitally needed,” remarked Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in recently releasing the UNCHR annual report.

It is a challenge that fits “no longer just to go along and get along,” the Harper government’s bumptious mantra for multilateral affairs. Useful lessons can be drawn from our experience and recent reforms to the Canadian migration and refugee system.