Beginning in March 2011, the Syrian conflict has generated one of the worst refugee crisis in the post World War II era, and has shed light on the urgent need to adopt a protection based approach to the irregular migration crisis.
Canada has also opened up its doors to Syrian refugees. The Canadian system has offered not only government sponsorship of refugees but also a private sponsorship program for resettlement. Canada’s use of both government and private sponsorships as a way of resettling refugees, and highlighted that it is a ‘role model’ for resettlement that should be exported worldwide. Or should it?
We reflect on the successes and lessons learned from this experience as well as prospects and challenges of ensuring that it responds to the protection and humanitarian needs of refugees.
Janet Dench is the Executive Director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, where she has worked for over 25 years.
Audrey Macklin is Director of the Centre for Criminology and Socio-legal Studies and Chair in International Human Rights Law at the University of Toronto.
Sarwat Dalal Bashi is an International Human Rights Specialist with a wide experience in the field of Civil Society and a former O’Brien fellow
Rouba Al-Salem is a postdoctoral fellow in international migration rights and policy at the Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
The event will be moderated by Professor François Crépeau, Director of CHRLP and holder of the Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law.