Duhaime's Law Dictionary

National Interest Definition:

A matter which has or could have impact upon all other members of society.

In the context of a refugee and immigration law matter (Agraira), Justice Richard Mosley of the Federal Court of Canada wrote this:

"[T]he determination of what is in the national interest ... would include whether the applicant posed a threat to Canada’s security; whether the applicant posed a danger to the public; the period of time the applicant had been in Canada; whether it is consistent with Canada’s humanitarian reputation of allowing permanent residents to settle in Canada; the impact on both the applicant and all other members of society of the denial of permanent residence; and the adherence to all of Canada’s international obligations."


  • Agraira v. Canada, 2009 FC 1302

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