JANUARY 12, 2017 - What Has Human Rights Discourse Meant for Canadian Immigration and Refugee Policy?

Gordon F. Henderson Speaker Series on Refugee History | Conférences Gordon F. Henderson sur l'histoire des réfugiés

As part of the Gordon F. Henderson Speaker Series on Refugee History,
the Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to present:

What Has Human Rights Discourse Meant for Canadian Immigration and Refugee Policy?

The “refugee experience” has never been a consistent one in Canada. Current immigration laws and policies are critiqued by many human rights activists and scholars who affirm that while many groups have been welcomed and have successfully integrated into Canadian society, others are still sent back to their home countries to face persecution or death. Others have experienced discrimination and a rather difficult, if not unsuccessful, process of integration once they have been admitted to Canada.

Canada has offered protection to over 700,000 refugees since the end of the Second World War. Political refugees, refugees of diverse sexual orientations, and others fleeing persecution and fearing for their lives have found their way to Canada in the search for “sanctuary.” However, the central paradox of asylum concerns the following question: What right does a non-citizen have to enter a foreign country without permission? Canada’s history on refugee reception provides a complicated answer. This talk will explore the ways in which concerned citizens approached the state to argue for humane, more open, and fair reform to discriminatory and selective immigration policy using the language of human rights.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fauteux Hall, FTX570
(57 Louis Pasteur, uOttawa)

All are welcome.
This event will be presented in English.
RSVP at HRREC@uOttawa.ca.


  • Stephanie BANGARTH | Associate Professor, Department of History, King's University College, Western University

Dr. Stephanie Bangarth is an Associate Professor in History at King’s University College, at the University of Western Ontario. As a graduate of King’s, she is delighted to be teaching at an institution that had an important impact on her academic career. She went on to complete her PhD at the University of Waterloo in 2004. She taught at the University of Guelph for two years before coming to King’s in 2006. Dr. Bangarth is also an Adjunct Teaching Professor in the Department of History at Western and is also a Faculty Research Associate with the Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Studies (MER) at Western. She also serves on MER’s Executive and Steering Committees.

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