Unpacking the knowledge-practices of the “collective self”: The Rohingya social movement in Canada

Unpacking the knowledge-practices of the “collective self”: The Rohingya social movement in Canada

by Yuriko Cowper-Smith, Ph.D. Yuriko Cowper-Smith holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Development from the University of Guelph. Her main research interests lie in migration, statelessness, and social movements, and her dissertation research investigates the Rohingya social movement in Canada. For three years, she has worked with this diaspora community by volunteering, organizing and attending events, and raising public awareness about the refugee crisis and genocide through her research and writing. Yuriko’s research…

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Introducing De-Carceral Futures: Bridging Prison and Migrant Justice

Introducing De-Carceral Futures: Bridging Prison and Migrant Justice

Editors’ Introduction: Detention, Prison, and Knowledge Translation in Canada and Beyond by Stephanie J. Silverman and Sharry Aiken   Immigration detention refers to the law, policy, and practice of incarcerating asylum seekers and other migrants to wait for a resolution in an irregularity of their immigration status. The medical literature is conclusive that even short periods of detention cause irreparable damage to the health of men, women, and children in Canada and abroad. Sometimes referred…

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15 Ways to Evaluate the Success of Community Sponsorship Programs, by Rachel McNally

15 Ways to Evaluate the Success of Community Sponsorship Programs, by Rachel McNally

Last year marked 40 years since the signing of the first agreement for private sponsorship in Canada. The government credits the program for “thousands upon thousands of new Canadian success stories.”[i] But what does the government mean by “success”? How can we determine if a sponsorship program is “successful”? New research reflects on these questions, including the Refuge journal’s new Special Issue on Private Sponsorship in Canada, the forthcoming book by McGill-Queen’s University Press Strangers…

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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 marriages to Egyptian nationals as coercion, exploitation, and at times…

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CARFMS 2018 Conference Video Recordings

CARFMS 2018 Conference Video Recordings

May 22-25, 2018, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada Opening Plenary and Keynote Address (May 22, 2018) Opening plenary: – James Milner and Jay Ramasubramanyam, Carleton University – André Plourde, Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University – Michaela Hynie, President, CARFMS Keynote address: Osama Saleem, Network of Refugee Voices Meaningful Dialogue with Refugees: Lessons from the Network for Refugee Voices Keynote address (May 23, 2018) Heaven Crawley, Coventry University Making a difference? The politics of knowledge…

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CARFMS 2019 – Call for Papers: “Interrogating Integration”

CARFMS 2019 – Call for Papers: “Interrogating Integration”

Submissions are now closed CARFMS 2019 Call for Papers  INTERROGATING INTEGRATION   Hosted in collaboration with the Centre for Refugee Studies York University, Toronto May 14th to May 16, 2019   Preceded by CARFMS/CALACs collaborative mini-conference: Bridging the Gaps: Understanding Current Mobilities in the Caribbean and Latin America and their Policy Implications York University, Toronto May 13, 2019   Integration is a contested concept – most especially in the field of refugee and forced migration…

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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 University of Toronto and is now a…

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The UN Refugee Agency’s report shows that Canada should welcome more refugees, by Didem Dogar

  In June 2018, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published its annual Global Trends report on forced displacement in 2017. According to the Global Trends report, how well did Canada do in welcoming refugees compared to other countries in the world?   Actions speak louder than words First of all, despite their limited economic resources developing countries mostly and by far welcomed the greatest number of refugees.  According to the report, the…

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Losing the War in order to Win the Battle? Unravelling scholarship’s approach to the ‘Windrush scandal’ and immigration detention in the United Kingdom, by Stephanie J. Silverman

The ‘Windrush generation’ scandal is wracking the United Kingdom: the Home Secretary was forced to resigned, a Parliamentary Committee was struck to examine what went wrong, thousands of files were poured over for wrongful deportations to Jamaica, and reparations were paid to the unlawfully detained. UK Prime Minister Theresa May promised in April 2018 that “the UK will do whatever it takes including, where appropriate, payment of compensation, to resolve the anxieties and problems that…

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CARFMS mourns the recent passing of Barbara Harrell-Bond

CARFMS mourns the recent passing of Barbara Harrell-Bond

Every one at CARFMS mourns the loss of our great teacher, friend, and scholar, Barbara Harrell-Bond. We send our condolences to her children, grandchildren, friends, and the countless refugees and advocates whose lives she touched. Barbara’s energy and dedication to others, and her uplift and support of the disciplines of refugees studies and legal anthropology, are immeasurable. Barbara will always serve as an inspiration to CARFMS.  

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