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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“Mobility is a part of who we are” Notes from the Field: François Crépeau Interviewed by Teodora Pasca

François Crépeau Interviewed by Teodora Pasca François Crépeau is a professor of international law and the Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University. From 2011 to 2017, he served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. Professor Crépeau was interviewed by Teodora Pasca, who recently obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and who is starting her law degree in the…

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The Perils of ‘Dropping Knowledge’: Dr. Aziz Choudry interviewed by Erika Massoud

Dr. Aziz Choudry interviewed by Erika Massoud Summary: Based on shared interests around social justice activism and research, our conversation focused on navigating the tensions, challenges, and contradictions of activist research in academia.   Aziz Choudry is associate professor and Canada Research Chair in social movement learning and knowledge production in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, and visiting professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, Faculty of Education, University of…

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Interview for ‘Notes from the Field’: Jennifer Hyndman, by Rachel McNally

Interview with Jennifer Hyndman, by Rachel McNally We discussed the politics, practices, challenges, and ‘mutual citizenship’ goals of private refugee sponsorship in Canada as well as exciting research projects shedding new light on this Canadian model of resettlement. Jennifer Hyndman is the Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and a geographer who investigates how space and place impact the lives of refugees. Rachel McNally is a refugee sponsor and a Politics student who recently completed…

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Interview for ‘Notes from the Field’: Jona Zyfi, by Madelin Burt-D’Agnillo

Interview with Jona Zyfi, by Madelin Burt-D’Agnillo This multifaceted conversation covered considerable terrain; we focused on Jona`s commitment and research journey regarding “safe country of origin” policies, some challenges she’s encountered in the peer review process, and prioritizing self-care and mental health in student life. Jona Zyfi is a CARFMS executive member, working at Ryerson in a Senate Policy and Appeals Administrator position, and engaged in a number of research projects regarding private refugee sponsorship,…

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Interview for ‘Notes from the Field’: Shauna Labman, by Kate Motluk

Interview with Dr. Shauna Labman, February 23rd, 2018, by Kate Motluk Dr. Labman shared her thoughts on the role of interdisciplinary study, ‘layered legality’, and Canada’s legal obligation to refugees and asylum seekers.  Dr. Shauna Labman is a law professor at the University of Manitoba and an advocate for refugee protection. Kate Motluk works with the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program and was previously a program coordinator with Lifeline Syria.   Across the globe, forced migration is…

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Interview for ‘Notes from the Field’: Petra Molnar, by Alessia Avola

Notes from the Field CARFMS is excited to launch a new initiative called Notes from the Field. Each Note is based on a conversation between an undergraduate student finishing their degree or a postgraduate student starting off their degree, and a more established researcher in refugee and forced migration studies. While all Notes will be different, the unifying thread connecting them is a focus on recent developments in research, law, policy, and approaches within Canada…

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Financial Predators Take Advantage of Refugees by Dangling Federal Benefits, by Omar Khan

  Refugees are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous finance companies and salespeople who are using a family’s interest in their child’s education, combined with federal government letters of encouragement and federal benefits, to enroll refugees in savings programs with a high risk of financial loss.   Background Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) are incentive-based, tax-advantaged savings plans that people, traditionally parents, can use to save money for children’s post-secondary education (PSE). The funds become…

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