Canada Ends the “Designated Country of Origin” Concept

2019-05-23T20:59:48-05:00

DESIGNATED COUNTRY OF ORIGIN In a news release on May 17, 2019, Ottawa announced the end of the Designated Country of Origin practice. Let’s look into why is that important and what will be different for refugee claimants since the practice is ended. Effective May 17, 2019, all countries are removed from the list of the Designated Countries of Origin (DCO). The list was first introduced back in 2012 and concerned about the treatment of refugees. The list included 42 countries, including most European countries, the Unites States of America, Israel, Australia, the United Kingdom etc. Countries on the [...]