E-Vote on Haiku Challenge

Please vote the best! The winner will be announced on December 18, 2020.

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Description of research
#1 My doctoral research examines how Tamil maritime forced migrants from Sri Lanka, who arrived to Canada aboard the MV Ocean Lady (2009) and MV Sun Sea (2010) conceptualize and navigate their experiences prior to and during their maritime journey, and upon encounter with the Canadian state. By focusing on this ‘hypervisible’ example of maritime forced migration, I will investigate how Tamil forced maritime migrants experience their journeys and arrivals to Canada (Mowat, et al., 2017, Mountz, 2015). More specifically, I am interested in ways that Tamil maritime forced migrants make sense of their experiences in the context of dominant and intersecting concerns with securitized, criminalized and humanitarian governance of forced migration that influence Canadian law, policy, and decision making in this domain. While formal state responses, as well as civil society responses, surrounding the governance of maritime arrivals of forced migrants, will be discussed, the primary focus of my research will be on the voices, decision-making, and experiences of the Tamil forced maritime migrants.
கப்பல் (kappal – ship in Thamil)

Tamils flee by sea
Arrive, detain, separate
Waiting in limbo

#2 Forced Migration, State Criminality, International Law May you live in interesting times declares an Old Chinese Curse
May we not only survive but also flourish despite this damning verse
Be it insulation, isolation, incarceration or worse…
#3 Interdisciplinary academic research focuses on empirical studies of immigration and refugee law decision-making processes.  Refugee hearings.
Some claims granted, some denied.
The law? Maybe not.
#4 Ethics of care in forced migration research; Age discrimination in migration law and policy Who cares? We all should
Beyond Research Ethics Boards
Relationships first
#5 Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) is a development project working to improve the quality of education at the primary and secondary levels in refugee camps and local host communities in Dadaab, Kenya by drawing on Canadian and Kenyan expertise to develop and enhance professional teaching capacities through in situ university programs. What! Funds to Kenya?
Easy, WAVE to M-Pesa.
A BHER achievement.
#6 My research examines the process of deporting people from Canada whose claims for refugee status have been refused. It uses a combination of government data, interviews with legal representatives, and people with lived experience of the deportation process to understand the steps involved in deportation and the possible legal remedies to deportation. CBSA sucks
Operating in the dark
Not for much longer
#7 Developing a Global Refugee Research Network Refugee Resettlement, Community Development, Community-based Mental Health Programs and Transnational Social Work. Refugee Research
KM making things better?
Maybe, not, we’ll see…
#8 I study refugee status decision-making with a focus on how decision-makers make credibility judgments. A central theme of my work is that decision-makers should resolve doubt in a claimant’s favour – that denying protection to someone who needs it is a worse mistake than granting it to someone who doesn’t. Sending a person
back home to persecution
is the wrong mistake.
#9 The temporariness of encampment, and the ontological insecurities this creates for those encamped, is widely understood as one of the defining features of camp spatio-temporality (Turner, 2015; Hyndman & Giles,2016). Yet while temporariness implies an ending, few have studied the actual events and spaces of camp closures and return, or camp afterlives. I address the gap in research on camp closures by drawing on life-history research with Burundian refugees in camps in Tanzania, the majority of whom have previously been refugees at least once before, and many experienced prior camp closures, and refoulement. Specifically, my research includes accounts of the violent closure of Mtabila camp in 2012, and forced return of over 30,000 Burundian refugees. Less than three years later hundreds of thousands of Burundians sought refuge again. Now, memories of past camp closures permeate diverse aspects of everyday life in re-opened camps. Past closures are mentioned in official discourse as future camp closures are threatened. Current refuge is shaped not only by violence fled, but also the possibility of future violence in the space of refuge. Violently closed
yet camps re-open, haunted.
Unsettled refuge. 
#10 Knowledge Mobilization to support research dissemination Refugee Research
KM should have impact to
#11 My research examines continuity and change in the politics of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism. My dissertation, defended in 2019, and recent publications have examined the modern Conservative Party of Canada and former government’s (2006-2015) discourses, political approach and policy record in the fields of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism. Conservatives. Ugh.
“Ethnicized” Outreach. Dog whistles.
Cruelly unusual.
#12 Examines the international politics of irregular migration, global migration governance and refugee integration. His work is based in long-term, qualitative research with migrants, policymakers and civil society groups.
2020’s Little Joys, or A Clever Paper Title

Hon. Michelle Rempel
Stuck, in Trump’s America
“Ironic Borders”