CRS Online Introduction to Refugee Studies

The Centre for Refugee Studies has produced a video series offering an introduction to refugee studies.

The videos will be of interest to people looking to learn about refugee issues, including people wanting to learn about how these issues play out in the Canadian context. They may also be of use to teachers and instructors looking for online materials introducing students to these issues – especially during the COVID-19 disruption.

Featuring CRS Director and Osgoode Hall Law School Associate Professor, Sean Rehaag, the videos address the following topics:


  1. Categories & Definitions
  2. International Refugee Law
  3. International Politics of Refugee Protection 
  4. The Canadian Refugee Determination System
  5. Overseas Protection: Resettlement and Sponsorship in Canada


If you would like to learn more about these topics, consider participating one of the CRS programs, including our internationally renowned Summer Course on Refugees and Forced Migration.

CRS is considering producing additional videos for this series. If you’d like to propose a topic for a video, please reach out to

This video series was made possible through funding provided by York University, the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council – as well as through the hard work of: Dan Choi (Producer), Anna Purkey (2020 CRS Summer Course Director), Kathryn Dennler (2020 CRS Summer Course Coordinator), Michele Millard (CRS Coordinator) and Janet Song (Research Assistant).

Produced at home in 2020 during the COVID-19 disruption. Please forgive technical glitches – and the COVID home haircuts!