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Disadvantaging gays

The Safe Third Country Agreement


  • Under the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, a refugee must make their claim in the first country in which they arrive. So while Canada used to have many refugees that arrived through the US/Canada border, a refugee who first arrives in the US must now make their claim there.
  • A federal court recently struck down this agreement, but suspended judgment, leaving claimants in further limbo.


  • According to LaViolette, the US system does not meet international requirements that truly make it a safe country.
  • The US system does not allow for gay couples to make a claim as a couple, whereas Canada does.