Challenges to Canada’s Inland Refugee Protection System

February 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Room 311 Robson Hall 224 Dysart Rd, Fort Garry campus, University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Cir
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Migration Law Research Cluster talk (via Skype): Maureen Silcoff, “Is the Sky Falling? Challenges to Canada’s Inland Refugee Protection System”


Contact: Gerald Heckman


Maureen Silcoff will survey the challenges faced by Canada’s inland refugee protection system, including:

  • Irregular crossings: why people are crossing and how that affects the Refugee Protection Division
  • Canada’s political climate: why the situation is portrayed as a crisis and what that means for refugee claimants
  • Minister Hussen’s efficiency review committee
  • Legal aid challenges
  • Efficiency measures by Refugee Protection Division

Maureen is a partner at Silcoff, Shacter, Barristers & Solicitors in Toronto, ON. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and has practiced immigration and refugee law since 1988, spending 5 years as a Member of Immigration and Refugee Board.

Maureen is the co-chair of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers’ Litigation Committee and she is the recipient of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers advocacy award for 2012. She was involved in the legal challenges to the interim federal health care policy and the designated country of origin law. Recently, Maureen led the Access to Justice campaign for the Refugee Lawyers Association is response to a threat to suspend legal aid services to refugee claimants.

Maureen teaches refugee law in the University of British Colombia’s Extended Learning program.

Maureen is a frequent speaker at conferences and community events.