Notes from the Field

Unraveling the Intricacies of Migration with Dr. Nakache Delphine Nakache is Associate Professor in International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on refugee and immigration law, human rights, protection of migrant workers, asylum seekers and non-status migrants.   Dr. Nakache was interviewed by Zainab Abu Alrob, a first-year PhD candidate in Policy Studies at Ryerson...

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Notes from the Field: Immigration Policies: Canada vs. The United States? 

Notes from the Field  Julia Gelatt, PhD, is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington, DC. Her work focuses on the US immigration system, demographic trends and policy implications. Julia was interviewed by Kanwal Khokhar, who is an MA candidate in Criminal and Social Justice Studies at Ryerson University. Kanwal is passionate about ensuring that Canadian immigration policy-makers avoid the US...

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Canada Needs to End the ‘Indefinite Detention’ of Migrants: And, the Supreme Court Should Make it So

Professor James C. Simeon, Head of McLaughlin College School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada jcsimeon@yorku.ca Why is Canada one of the few countries in the world that still practices “indefinite detention”? The deplorable practice of holding migrants for indefinite periods of time who are unable to establish their identity or who are...

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Notes from the Field: Irregular Citizenship and Citizenship in a No-Borders World – Prof. Peter Nyers interviewed by Julia Wong

Peter Nyers is Associate Professor of the Politics of Citizenship and Intercultural Relations in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University. He is the author of Irregular Citizenship, Immigration, and Deportation(Routledge 2019). Professor Nyers was interviewed by Julia Wong, a third year Philosophy student at the University of Toronto. In an extensive interview, Professor Nyers explained his concept of irregular...

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Methodology, Reflexivity and Decolonizing Refugee Research: Reflections from the Field, by Dina Taha

  During the summer of 2017, I was conducting fieldwork for my doctoral dissertation in Egypt. I interviewed thirty-five Syrian refugee women who, after escaping the conflict in Syria, settled in Egypt and then married Egyptian men. Initially my aim was to compare Syrian refugee women’s narratives with the pervasive, and often unquestioned discourses in social media and humanitarian blogs which “explained away” these women’s...

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Legal Nuance and the Need for Empathy: Interview with Jamie Chai Yun Liew

  Jamie Chai Yun Liew is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and a practicing refugee and immigration lawyer. Professor Liew advocates for migrants who are continually marginalized by legal barriers to citizenship and equality in Canada, with a specific focus on gendered issues in immigration and refugee law. Professor Liew was interviewed by Teodora Pasca, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the...

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