No Refuge From Climate Change

New Zealand, December 8, 2014

In a June 4, 2014 decision the New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal dismissed a Tuvalu family’s appeal from a 2013 Refugee Status Branch decision denying them refugee and protected persons status, while contemporaneously issuing a separate opinion granting residence visas to the very same family.

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Supreme Court of Canada and “Serious Non-Political Crimes”

Canada, November 19, 2014

On October 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long awaited decision in Febles v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), interpreting the scope of Article 1F(b) of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees as implemented through the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

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South African Court Affirms Refugees’ Right to Self-Employment

South Africa, November 10, 2014

In September the South African Supreme Court of Appeals affirmed the right of refugees to work and to open businesses in South Africa.

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Israeli Supreme Court on Detention of Asylum Seekers

Israel, September 30, 2014

On September 22, 2014, the Israeli Supreme Court sitting as a High Court of Justice quashed a legislative scheme which authorized the detention of "infiltrators."

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