Refugees Welcome or Excluded Here? Refugee Rights Day 2017

April 4, 2017 @ 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
280N York Lanes
4700 Keele St
North York, ON M3J 1P3
John Carlaw

Annually a day of reflection, Refugee Rights Day (April 4th) is commemorated in Canada to mark the 1985 Supreme Court Singh decision, which found that refugees in Canada possess fundamental rights under its Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This panel features three experts on Canadian refugee policy who will consider policy directions of the current federal government in the areas of overseas resettlement and “inland” refugee policy, as well as Canada-US dynamics. Are we currently in a period of increased inclusion or exclusion concerning refugees in Canada? The fourth panelist, student leader Humaima Ashfaque will share the efforts of the York University Refugees Welcome Here! (RWH!) campaign to make our campus and community more welcoming to refugees.

18 months into the tenure of the current Liberal federal government the global refugee crisis shows no signs of abating. Amidst the rise of Trumpism and other right wing movements abroad, and the aggressive invocation by some of “Canadian values” and Islamophobia at home, panelists will reflect upon the themes of inclusion and exclusion in Canadian refugee policy and discourse. Are we in a period of increased inclusion or exclusion concerning refugees in Canada? Please come out to join this important end of semester but ongoing conversation.

– RSVPs are requested for a complimentary light lunch indicating dietary restrictions (not later than April 2nd). You can RSVP HERE.

– Attendees are invited to contribute to York U RWH! Campaign efforts to help pay off the refugee transportation loans of two WUSC Keele Campus sponsored refugee students. Check and cash contributions will be accepted.


Humaima Ashfaque
York University Refugees Welcome Here! Campaign & Amnesty International @ York

Jennifer Hyndman
Director, York University Centre for Refugee Studies

Sean Rehaag
Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Francisco Rico Martinez
Co-Director of the FCJ Refugee Centre.

Panel Chair and Organizer: John Carlaw, Project Lead, York University Syria Response and Refugee Initiative & Doctoral Candidate, Department of Political Science

This event is organized and supported by the York University Centre for Refugee Studies and York’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative.

Co-Sponsors: McLaughlin College, Amnesty International at York

How do I get to the event?

280N York Lanes, York University Keele Campus-

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email with any questions about this event.

Is there a limit to how many participants may attend?

While we do not expect to cap attendance we ask those that wish to attend to RSVP as early as possible (and by April 2nd at the latest) to assist in planning the event and in the event we reach room capacity.

RSVP online HERE