Recent public and media attention have mobilized around the massive displacement of refugees from Syria. This displacement is symptomatic of broader global violence and inequalities and is, unfortunately, not limited to Syria. UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, estimates that there are almost 60 million people forcibly displaced worldwide – “one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum”.
As a community of researchers dedicated to the well-being of people displaced by violence, persecution, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation, the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) is responding through innovative research, education and policy engagement. In the context of increased public awareness about refugee issues, CRS faculty, students and affiliates have attempted to promote sustainable and informed responses that build on our long-standing research and education initiatives, while channeling support to existing initiatives and partnerships with local and international organizations and all levels of government.
We invite you to suggest ways in which CRS can work with you, and join some of our on-going initiatives:
- The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees initiative provides tertiary education in Dadaab refugee camp, and our CRS bursaries [link to donation page] support refugee students in Canada.
- Free, public CRS Seminar series and our internationally acclaim/ed professional development course provide public education on a range of topical forced migration issues.
- We invite you to join in our international advocacy efforts and the Refugee Research Network – an online community and repository of knowledge about forced migration.
- Our open access, bilingual journal Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees [link to journal] publishes the latest innovative research findings.
- CRS hosts York University’s Lifeline Syria Challenge and has developed resources on private sponsorship [link] and other ways in which individuals can become involved in supporting refugees .
Ultimately, human displacement is about people. Individually and collectively, we need to invest in sustainable, informed solutions that uphold every person’s right to asylum. Please join us!
Christina Clark-Kazak, DPhil
Acting Director, Centre for Refugee Studies