Striving to Achieve International Justice Through the Protection of Refugees: The Challenges for Greece and the European Union

Striving to Achieve International Justice Through the Protection of Refugees:  The Challenges for Greece and the European Union

by Stephanie P. Stobbe and James C. Simeon   Dr. Stephanie P. Stobbe, Associate Professor, Conflict Resolution Studies, Menno Simons College (a College of CMU) at the University of Winnipeg, s.stobbe@uwinnipeg.ca     Dr. James C. Simeon, Associate Professor, Head of McLaughlin College, and School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, jcsimeon@yorku.ca       International justice should be the prime objective of all of us. It…

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CARFMS Meets: IMRC!

CARFMS Meets: IMRC!

By Stephanie J. Silverman Dr. Stephanie J. Silverman is a sociolegal scholar who focuses on the tripwires of migration control. Her recent publications include articles on detainee risk assessments, administrative decision-making, Canadian quarantine powers, and a special journal issue on abolishing detention and other forms of incarceration. Her forthcoming monograph presents a new explanatory and analytic theory of the meteoric rise and normalization of immigration detention, drawing on Canada as a key case study. Contact…

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Moving Refugee Protection from Regional Divergence to International Convergence

Moving Refugee Protection from Regional Divergence to International Convergence

by Dr. James C. Simeon, Associate Professor, Head of McLaughlin College, and School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, jcsimeon@yorku.ca     The international refugee protection regime is highly complex, regionally based, and far from uniform. There are, for example, at least three major United Nations Agencies that deal with refugees: the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); the United Nations Relief and…

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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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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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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 University who focuses her research on asylum policy, resettlement and refugee integration.  In an intriguing and wide-ranging interview, Dr. Nakache unveiled meaningful and…

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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 mistakes in crafting immigration and asylum legislation.  Executive Summary:…

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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 unable to obtain the documentation required to be returned to their…

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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 citizenship and what citizenship might be in a borderless world.   With our current…

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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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