October 31, 2017 - Canadian Refugee Admission and Incorporation Policies

Great Explorations at UTSC with guest speaker Phil Triadafilopoulos

Prof. Phil Triadafilopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Associate Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance. His current research examines the extension of public funding for Islamic religious education in Canada and Germany.  He is also interested in how centre-right conservative parties in Europe and North America are adapting to more culturally diverse electorates. Dr. Triadafilopoulos is the author of Becoming Multicultural: Immigration and the Politics of Membership in Canada and Germany, the editor of Wanted and Welcome? Policies for Highly Skilled Immigrants in Comparative Perspective, and co-editor of Segmented Cities? How Urban Contexts Shape Ethnic and National Politics.  More information is available at: https://triadafilopoulos.wordpress.com/

October 31 - Canadian Refugee Admission and Incorporation Policies:  Continuity and Change in the Face of Crisis - We are in the midst of what many have called a “global refugee crisis.”  After providing some background on recent trends in forced migration, I turn to Canada’s response to this crisis.  I argue that although Canada’s response has been relatively modest in terms of overall numbers, its unique approach to private sponsorship stands out as a policy worthy of emulation.  The adoption of Canada’s system of private refugee sponsorship would allow for the harnessing of latent humanitarian sentiment in places where it remains as yet untapped.