A Synthesis of the Immigration and Refugee Legal Aid Research

Appendix A: Annotated Bibliography of Research

Andrea Long

(Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia), Immigration and Refugee Law Services in Canada, Department of Justice Canada, 2002.

This study provides a descriptive profile of the legal services available to refugees and immigrants in each of the Canadian provinces. Information on services provided by legal aid plans was collected from legal aid plan documents and other relevant literature, but mainly through telephone interviews with key provincial informants and an extensive questionnaire distributed to legal aid plans. Information on services provided by refugee and immigrant serving community organizations was collected from a sample of key informant interviews conducted mainly by telephone and questionnaires designed to collect quantitative information, which were distributed to community organizations.

John Frecker

(Legistec Inc.), A Study of Representation for Refugee Claimants and Immigrants, Department of Justice Canada, 2002.

The data for this research was collected in an extensive literature review and by means of in-person interviews conducted in all provinces. Approximately 150 semi-structured interviews were conducted with refugee claimants and immigrants involved in official proceedings, senior managers and personnel at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), legal aid staff lawyers, immigration consultants, paralegals working for legal aid plans and non-governmental organizations (NGO's) and personnel from a number of NGOs that provide support services to refugees and immigrants.

(Legistec Inc.), Immigration and Refugee Legal Aid Cost Drivers, Department of Justice Canada, 2002.

This study identifies factors that impact on the demand and level of legal aid service provided to refugee claimants and immigrants in Canada, and outlines how they influence the costs of these legal aid services to governments. Data for this research was collected from an extensive literature review, an analysis of quantitative data from legal aid plans in all ten provinces and the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), as well as in-person interviews with a sample of key informants in all provinces.

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