Constitutional Principles and Migration Law and Practice in the EU, US and Canada: Influence and Cleavages
Fundamental rights and the rule of law are understood as the bedrock of liberal democratic societies. Yet recent years have seen a backsliding in refugee and migrant protection in industrialised countries of the global North. Protection obligations have often been deflected, with containment and externalisation practices towards third States institutionalised. Fundamental rights violations concerning asylum applicants, refugees, and migrants have been characterised as systemic, or reaching the level of a humanitarian emergency. Against this backdrop, this panel explores the interplay between constitutional principles and refugee law and practice in the EU, US, and Canada.