CARFMS Panel Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Identifying and Analyzing Gaps in Protection for Asylum Seekers from the Middle East: Recent Research and Findings

Friday, January 29, 2016 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm

January 29 CARFMS PanelSeminar Room, Centre for Ethics, Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place, Trinity College, University of Toronto

Sponsored by the Canadian Association of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) and the Centre for Ethics

Convened by Alizee Bodson (Diaspora Studies) and Stephanie J. Silverman (Centre for Ethics)

The ongoing humanitarian crises in the Middle East are provoking large-scale refugee movements. Across neighbouring states and during transit, existing legal and policy frameworks are proving incapable of securing safety and protection for these refugees. While reforms are urgently needed, any structural or local-level proposals should take into account the voices of refugees as well as firsthand reports from the field. This University of Toronto panel aims to contribute productively to the conversation on durable solutions.

Our primary objectives are (i) to offer cutting-edge insights into the human impacts of faltering refugee policies and laws in neighbouring Middle East states and in states along the periphery of the European Union; (ii) to foster a dialogue on these topics amongst researchers; and (iii) to discuss best practices in conducting, analyzing, and disseminating research from volatile regions.

We will look specifically at ‘burden sharing’, human security, human smuggling and refugee status determination procedures, and put them into conversation with insights from the field.

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Panel presenters:

Craig D. Smith
PhD candidate, Department of Political Science

Gulay Kilicaslan
PhD candidate, Department of Sociology, York University

Nicholas A. R. Fraser 
PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Raluca Bejan
PhD candidate, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto


A light lunch will be provided.