When Roots/Routes Matter: The Appearance and Disappearance of Asylum Seeking Families from North Korea in Canada
Although larger refugee populations clearly deserve research attention, this brief and fleeting wave of North Koreans, who will soon escape research attention, also raises many questions for Canadian policy-makers and on the ground practitioners, who could influence Canada’s position. Canada’s policy is negotiable; the former Citizenship and Immigration Canada minister, Jason Kenney, claimed during the previous federal election that Canada would recognize North Koreans as refugees if the Conservative government is re-elected. This suggests that a larger wave could be in Canada’s future. This study's objective is to explore how domestic and international policies and refugee legalities affect the movement of North Korean refugee families to Canada and their settlement experiences.