Dear Minister,

Like the rest of Canada, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers is watching in shock as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues.

The need for global solidarity and burden-sharing to meet this and other humanitarian crises is, and remains, clear. In less than a week, a million people have been forced to flee Ukraine and cross international borders in search of protection. We are deeply appreciative of the welcome offered by Europe. We are also immensely troubled by the racist treatment of migrants and refugees from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, also looking for a safe haven. [ . . . ]

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