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Human Rights Discourse for Cdn Immigration and Refugee Policy

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Human Rights Discourse for Cdn Immigration and Refugee Policy


Dans le cadre de la Série de conférences Gordon F. Henderson sur l'histoire des réfugiés, le Centre de recherche et d’enseignement sur les droits de la personne est heureux de présenter :

Que signifie le discours sur les droits de la personne pour les politiques canadiennes sur l'immigration et l'accueil des réfugiés?

(En anglais seulement.) 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.

Toutes et tous sont bienvenus.
Cet événement sera présenté en anglais.
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Conférencière :
- Stephanie BANGARTH | Professeure agrégée, Département d'histoire, King's University College, Western University

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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.

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

Speaker:
- Stephanie BANGARTH | Associate Professor, Department of History, King's University College, Western University

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