A family walking on a railroad track with few luggages
Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Dilemmatic Adjudication: Europe’s Refugee Crisis and the Question of Migrant Rights

While recently making major headlines, the arrival of substantive numbers of asylum seekers to Europe has been a pressing political issue for a longer time. This presentation will discuss the role of law in this context as being torn between, on the one hand, increasingly restrictive migration policies and, on the other hand, difficult individual situations…

‘Camps That Are Becoming Cities – Cities That Are Becoming Camps: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and Jordan

The Oppenheimer Chair is pleased to welcome Faten Kikano, PhD Candidate in Environmental Design, from the Université de Montréal for a conference and a photo exhibition. Ms. Kikano will present her research and her photos about the life of  Syrian refugees in camps in Lebanon and Jordan. Join us for a lunch, a short conference…
Sonia Cancian Poster
Monday, 27 March 2017

The Power of Life Stories: Situating the Narratives of Migrants and Refugees within the Context of the Law

The Oppenheimer Chair and the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism are pleased to welcome Dr. Sonia Cancian, from Zayed University for a seminar on life stories of migrants and refugees and the law. This seminar will lead a discussion on life stories of migrants and refugees and their power (or not) within…

The Refugee Surge in Europe: Economic Challenges

IMF Report
18 March, 2017

You might be interested in reading this IMF economic analysis of the refugee surge in Europe. It insists on social and economic integration of refugees, in particular through quick access of asylum seekers to the labour market. It minimises the negative consequences for the economic situation of native workers. Quite in line with previous economic analysis and contrary to what many European leaders are implementing, unfortunately.

To access the report in PDF,  you can click here: IMF Report

  ‘For its wearers the hijab is a core part of their way of life, linked to the way they choose to practise their faith. It is not up for debate’ Photo Credit: Martin Argles for the Guardian

The hijab ruling is a ban on Muslim women

Article in The Guardian
16 March, 2017

This week’s decision by the European court of justice to allow the hijab to be banned in the workplace is yet another sign of the continent’s obsession with how Muslim women dress.

The ruling states that the hijab can be banned only as part of a policy barring all religious and political symbols – and so framed in a way that doesn’t directly target Muslim women. Indeed, the Conference of European Rabbis was outraged, saying that the ruling sent a clear message that Europe’s faith communities were no longer welcome – and a number of religious communities, including Sikhs, will be affected.

However, there’s no doubt that Muslims are the main group in the line of fire. That’s why far-right groups across the continent were so delighted with it. “Of course companies have to be allowed to ban the wearing of headscarves,” said Georg Pazderski, of Germany’s hardline Alternative für Deutschland. “Even the ECJ votes Marine [le Pen],” tweeted the French MP Gilbert Collard, a Front National supporter.”Read Post

  Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands at The Hague on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jerry Lampen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

A Dent in Europe’s Populism

Article in The New York Times
16 March, 2017

“Bucking fears that the Netherlands would be the next populist domino after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s election in the United States, the Dutch turned out in record numbers on Wednesday to reject the anti-Muslim platform of the far-right candidate Geert Wilders. The Dutch election was seen as a potential bellwether for elections in France and Germany, where far-right populist parties have gained ground. But it is premature to assume the Dutch result signals the defeat of far-right populism in Europe.”

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“I was forcibly deported from the UK like a terrorist, restrained and under guard”

By Irene Clennel in the Guardian
1 March, 2017

“Last Sunday I was forced on to a flight to Singapore by four border officers without warning. They gave me just minutes to say goodbye to the family and life I have built over decades.

My husband, John, who I help care for, is a British citizen. I have British children and a grandchild. If I can be taken away from my home in a County Durham village to a detention centre in Scotland overnight, and then spirited out of the country on a Sunday when there was no access to legal advice, what chance does anyone else have?

The authorities have shown their willingness to treat foreign-born people as second-class citizens, no matter how integrated we are – and, worse, treat us like criminals. I was not allowed a camera phone in the detention centre, presumably in case I photographed conditions there.

During my removal from Britain I was treated like a terrorist: I was restrained by the arms, my every word written down, and there were guards on the door when I went to the toilet. This happened in full view of the public in Edinburgh airport,and was deeply humiliating. The border authorities even claimed that I – a woman on my own – posed a risk of violence. And they ticked a form to note the media interest and public sympathy in my case, as if I was to be punished for speaking out.”

A moving testimony about a practice that risks becoming more and more frequent, if the present political mood in Europe is allowed to fester.

To read the full testimony of Irene Clennel, please click here

Trump : le décret anti-immigration provoque la consternation partout dans le monde

Entrevue de François Crépeau à la Première Chaine de Radio-Canada
31 January, 2017

François Crépeau a donné une entrevue à Michel Desautels à son émission « Desautels le dimanche » sur le décret anti-immigration et la situation des obligations internationales des États-Unis en matière des droits des réfugiés.

Pour écouter son entrevue, veuillez visiter la page de l’émission sur ce thème, ou cliquer ici. Vous pouvez également écouter la baladodiffusion de l’émission du 29 janvier en entier ici.