CRS Seminar Series Launch and Social  @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Sep 27 @ 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

From protection to mobility: rethinking ‘forced’ migration

Guest speakers:

Jennifer Hyndman, Director, Centre for Refugee Studies

Johanna Reynolds, PhD Candidate, Geography

From refugee protection to humane mobility, approaches to the security of displaced persons run the gamut. International law and the IR approaches of the refugee regime prevail, but lesser known regional and complementary approaches to reducing precarity also deserve our attention. In the wake of the Global Compacts, how can we rescale, rethink, and engage with those who are displaced?

Refreshments will be served!


Centre for Refugee Studies AGM and Social @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Oct 2 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Annual Howard Adelman Lecture @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Oct 2 @ 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

“Canada as safe haven? Documenting two generations of US war resister migrations”

Guest Speaker: Alison Mountz, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University


CRS Seminar Series: Malignant Europeanization: Schengen, Irregular Migration Governance, and Insecurity on Europe’s Peripheries @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Oct 16 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

With guest speaker:

Craig Smith, Associate Director of the Migration Lab, Munk School, University of Toronto

Film Screening: I am Rohingya: A genocide in four acts @ Nat Taylor Cinema
Oct 25 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

with director Yusuf Zine and the cast

Information about the film can be found at this link:


– co-sponsored with the Centre for Feminist Research

CRS Student Conference: Bridging the Gap Between Refugee and Indigenous Communities @ TD Community Engagement Centre
Nov 2 all-day

13th Annual Refugee and Migration Studies Student Conference


The Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) 13th annual Student Conference invites abstract proposals for its upcoming gathering on the theme of “Bridging the Gap Between refugee and indigenous communities”. Departing from the traditional conference approach this year, we will hold a gathering of knowledge sharing and solidarity building around discussions of colonialism/settler colonialism, and refugees’ relations to the land they are currently residing on. Thus, we encourage submissions that engage and discuss ideas of displacement by dispossession (of land, culture, community, mobility) caused by colonialism and settler colonialism, as well as the relationship between the experiences of refugees and indigenous communities in Canada through multiple mediums.

As such, we encourage those interested in applying to present at our gathering to feel free to move beyond the traditional academic platform, and explore creative and performative displays of presenting knowledge. We welcome all those who would like to apply; however, those from refugee and indigenous communities will be given priority.

Our gathering will begin with a Blanket Exercise in order to open the space to talk about the history of settler colonialism in Canada. Following this exercise, we will hold concurrent art exhibitions to display our various presenters works. We will end the gathering by coming back into a circle to take in and discuss what we have learned from each other throughout the day.

A wide-range of submission platforms will be considered, including: story-telling, spoken word, photos, poetry, media, art work, theatrical productions, and literary pieces reflecting on the following broad themes:

  • Engaging the connections between migration, displacement and loss of land;
  • Intersectionality as a framework to analyze the connections of colonialism and displacement in refugee and/or indigenous communities;
  • A discussion of the continued colonial violence that impact indigenous and/or refugee communities;
  • The relationship between refugee and indigenous experience;
  • The interrelationship and interdependency of colonialism and processes of racialization;
  • The intersections of racialization and gender; and
  • The role of the state in perpetuating and shaping colonial ideologies negatively impacting refugees and/or indigenous communities

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Individuals and/or groups wishing to present at the gathering should submit a short 250 word abstract describing who the participants/presenters are, what their contribution would be and what mediums they will utilize.

Submissions can be emailed to by October 15th, 2018.

Conference registration and participation is free

CRS Roundtable: Gender, migration, and security: Canadian perspectives @ 280N York Lanes
Nov 7 @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

A roundtable with CRS faculty and the 2018 Halifax Peace With Women Fellows

Details to be confirmed shortly.

CRS Seminar: The Whole System Has Become More Punitive”: Refugee Protection in Canada @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Nov 22 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Guest speaker:

Idil Atak, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Ryerson University

Over the past decade, Canada’s refugee protection system has been the subject of important changes. The previous Conservative Government (2002-2015) made regulatory changes and adopted legislations amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) (S.C. 2001, c. 27). The Balanced Refugee Reform Act (Bill C-11, 2010) and the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act (Bill C-31, 2012) have introduced a number of measures in Canada’s refugee status determination system which include: the “designated country of origin” criteria, “designated irregular arrivals”, new procedural framework, such as expedited refugee claim hearings and restrictions to legal recourses. Based on the results of a research project that involved interviews with over 60 participants in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, this presentation explores some of the practical and human rights implications associated with these measures. It is argued that the new measures have resulted in violations of asylum seekers’ human rights. They have had a detrimental impact on third parties involved in the refugee protection system, such as legal counsels and service providers. In addition, these measures are likely to increase irregular migration in Canada. The presentation highlights the urgent need for policy changes.