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Canada must do more to tackle Central America’s refugee crisis

By Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Liisa L. North      

In the perfect storm of failed peace implementation, deportations of gang members, land grabbing by agribusiness, foreign investment in conflict-generating mining projects, ill-conceived trade agreements, and the geographic shift of the drug trade, the Northern Triangle countries have descended into brutal violence. These problems require international responses, and Canada must play its part.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen enters a marathon House Immigration Committee meeting on July 24 in Ottawa dealing with the uptick in asylum seekers coming to Canada in recent months. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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As repercussions from United States President Donald Trump’s inhumane family-separation policies continue to play out, Canadians should not pat ourselves on the back. It is only in recent weeks that our media and government have begun to pay attention to a crisis of violence that is years in the making in Central America’s “Northern Triangle:” El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, has sought roughly $40-million to keep shelters open for kids in

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