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CRS Professor Wenona Giles Invited to Join Royal Society of Canada

On November 16, 2018 CRS resident scholar and anthropology professor, Wenona Giles, was inducted as a Fellow into the Royal Society of Canada, one of the country’s highest academic honours.



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Winter Coat and Clothing Drive for Clients of the FCJ Refugee Centre

 Organized by the York U Refugees Welcome Here! Campaign, led by WUSC Keele

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National Essay Challenge
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) is launching the National Essay Challenge for graduate students in Canadian universities to promote innovative policy relevant research. The Challenge is designed to generate fresh evidence-based insights on IRCC policies and evidence gaps. It also supports partnership opportunities with research institutions and IRCC’s talent recruitment efforts.

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Appointment of Prof. Luann Good Gingrich as CRS Associate Director, 2018-2019

CRS is very pleased to announce that Prof. Luann Good Gingrich has been appointed as CRS Associate Director for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Humane mobility: A manifesto for change

A deep reimagining of migration is urgently needed. We are profoundly concerned about responses to human mobility, including the Global Compact on Refugees and the artificial separation from wider migration issues. It emerges from exclusionary drafting and decision-making processes that ignore the lived realities of the people and spaces most affected by displacement. It privileges state sovereignty over human beings. It reinforces unequal power relations and waters down existing commitments to human rights and dignity.

In an act of refusal rather than reform we propose this manifesto as one mechanism to re-centre people and spaces of displacement. We hope to contribute to a generative, inclusive movement that finds creative and humane ways to work in solidarity with people on the move, and the individuals, communities and organizations who live and work within these spaces of displacement.

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York University’s distance-education program breaks barriers for refugees

(Globe and Mail, June 20, 2018) “We told [all the students], your success is not based on leaving your classmates behind. In fact, it is the opposite: It is ‘No one left behind,’” Mr. Dippo said. “I think this has helped them to succeed even though there are limits to the supports we can give them.”

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An Information Sheet for People Taking Part in Forced Migration Research

Taking part in a research project gives you a chance to make your voice heard, but it can also be inconvenient, cost you time or money, and/or make you feel physically or emotionally uncomfortable. This information sheet explains key terms and outlines your rights.

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Next Steps and Reflections from Refugee Sponsors and Resettlement Professionals

On June 12th, 2017 York University’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative hosted a meet and greet for sponsor teams across the GTA University Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC) at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development Centre in downtown Toronto.

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Featured article on research ethics from Refuge now available for download

Ethical Considerations: Research with People in Situations of Forced Migration

by Christina Clark-Kazak, with the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, and York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies

(From the Preamble) Research involving people in situations of forced migration deepens our understanding of their experiences and has the potential to inform evidence-based decision-making, but also poses particular ethical challenges and opportunities. This document is intended to provide researchers, community organizations, and people in situations of forced migration with information on the particularities of forced migration contexts to complement established ethical principles and frameworks on research with human subjects more generally. They draw on good practices identified in a scan of civil society and government documents and academic literature.

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Educational Resource: Unit Plans on Migration, Refugees and the Indochinese Refugee Movement in Canada: For all those who are interested in teaching about refugees and refugee issues, and specifically at the primary and secondary levels in Canada, you may wish to visit the material just posted on the Educational website of the IndoChinese Refugee Movement (ICRM) Project Hub at

The Centre for Refugee Studies is very pleased to announce that $1.35 million has been awarded to Prof. Michaela Hynie (Faculty of Health and CRS Executive Committee member) by the  Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) to study Refugee integration and long-term health outcomes in Canada.

This project, with partners from 3 provinces, including some 2 dozen co-investigators, academic and community-based settlement agencies, will compare how government-assisted refugee (GAR) and private-sponsored refugee (PAR) resettlement programs support long-term social integration pathways for refugees and the impact of these pathways on physical and mental health. Research will take place over a five-year period.

Resettled refugees have poorer health than host populations, and studies show that social integration affects wellness; however, there is a lack of research examining how the experiences of settlement and integration contribute to the long-term health of refugees.

“Canada’s private sponsorship program for resettled refugees is unique in the world, and is of considerable interest to other countries, but its effectiveness relative to government sponsorship is largely unknown,” said Hynie. “This grant is an important opportunity for us to understand how, and under what conditions, the different resettlement programs in Canada support the long-term health and well-being of resettled refugees in Canada, and to gain a deeper understanding of the social determinants of refugee health.”