2020 Essay Contest Results

Dear CARFMS Members,

On behalf of the CARFMS 2020 Essay Contest Committee, I am thrilled to announce the results of the essay contest. The essay contest is held each year to recognize the most outstanding scholarship produced by students in Canada, in the field of refugee and forced migration studies.

The winners of the CARFMS 2020 Essay Contest are:

« Unpacking knowledge-practices in social movements: The Canadian Rohingya social movement, » Yuriko Cowper-Smith (Graduate/Law category) 


LGBTQ+ Newcomer Resettlement – Insights of a Frontline Worker and Student of Social Work,” Ranjith Kulatilake (Undergraduate category)


The runners up (Graduate/Law category) are:

Naples: Sanctuary City?,” Travis Moore



Deciding Who to Sponsor in Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program,” Ian Van Haren


Fleeing Domestic Violence, Fleeing Transphobia: Examining Intimate Partner Violence Asylum Claims Involving Transgender Claimants,” Shannon Russell

The runners up (Undergraduate category) are:

Palestinian Refugees in Egypt: the forgotten  Refugees,” Rana Kamel-Aly



« Who is protecting LGBTI persons of concern? Examining the factors that explain the low level of implementation of the UNHCR’s AGD policy in the MENA region, » Alec Verch

Winners and runners up have been invited to publish their papers on the CARFMS Website. Student papers from this year and previous years can be found here: https://carfms.org/research-and-papers/carfms-student-essay-contest/

Other opportunities for members to share their work include:

The CARFMS Blog: https://carfms.org/category/blog/

The CARFMS working paper series: https://carfms.org/working-paper-series/

CARFMS desktop reviews: https://carfms.org/category/reviews/

Congratulations to this year’s essay competition winners and runners up!

The CARFMS Student Essay Competition Committee

Nimo Bokore, Bruno Dupeyron, Michaela Hynie and Morgan Poteet