June 2018 Newsletter

18 juin 2018

June Newsletter

This month’s newsletter includes various exciting events and resources ranging from migration to statelessness.  For commentary on news, publications and other event updates, we invite you to consult the Oppenheimer Chair blog.


Global Labour and the Migrant Premium – The Cost of Working Abroad.

Soon to be published by Routledge, this book provides the first systematic account of the premium costs that migrants pay to live and work abroad. To pre-order the book, click here.

Governing Diversity – Migrant Integration and Multiculturalism in North America and Europe.

This publications addresses the relationship between cultural diversity resulting from migration and social cohesion and social justice within Western societies. Make sure to read the chapter Professor François Crépeau’s authored, “Canadian Multiculturalism in Question : Diversity or Citizenship.” To access it, please click here.

Securitization of Search and Rescue  at Sea : The Response to Boat Migration in the Mediterranean and Offshore Australia.

Published in the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, this article compares the law and practice of the  European Union and Australia in respect to the search and  rescue of boat migrants, concluding that the response to  individuals in peril at sea in both  jurisdictions is becoming increasingly securitized. To read the full article, please click here.

Immigration Detention, Inc.

This article draws the connection between economic inequality and U.S. system-wide immigration detention policy. The authors argue that the extensive use of detention in for-profit prisons by the US department of Homeland Security raises issues of economic power and powerlessness. The authors link the influence of wealthy private prison corporation to the expansion of detention in facilities that are akin to those offered by the private prison industry. To read the full article, please click here.

Making Refugees Work ? The Politics of Integrating Syrian refugees into the Labour Market in Jordan.

This article outlines how Syrian refugees are no longer framed merely as object of humanitarian care but are rather increasingly portrayed as enterprising subjects, whose formal integration into labour markets can simultaneously create self-sufficient actors and cure the economic woes of host countries. To read the full article, please click here.

From Right to Permission : Asylum, Mediterranean Migrations, and Europe’s War on Smuggling.

This article argues that the European Union and its member states have transformed the right to asylum into a state granted permission through their efforts to curb unauthorized maritime migrant arrivals. The author, Maurizio Albahari, provides evidence that state actors’ deployment of an anti-smuggling discourse has not significantly curbed maritime arrivals but has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people. The full paper is available here.


La politique migratoire en Europe.

Professor Crépeau is interviewed on “Matin Première,” where he discusses migration policy in Europe. To watch the interview, please click here.

Politiques migratoires : pourquoi l’Europe n’arrive pas à réfléchir sur le long terme ?

Last week, Professor Crépeau was interviewed by “Le Soir.” He discusses why Europe should look at the long term benefits of migration when assessing their migration policies. To read the interview, please click here.

Videos & Podcasts

Migrant Dreams.

Director Min Sook Lee’s award-winning documentary tears a rupture in the myth of ‘Canada the Good.’ It foregrounds the voices of migrant voices who work in farms in Canada through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and opens a conversation about the relationship between labour, gender, race, class and settlement. The documentary is now available on TVO.


This podcast explores what it means when you are not legally a citizen of the country where you were born or in any other country. Statelessness affects the lives of over 10 million people globally, including 3.5 million people from the Rohingya community. The authors of this podcast aim to better understand statelessness,  raise awareness and find ways to create identity through new technologies.To listen to the podcast, please click here.


Challenging Migrant Detention : Human Rights, Advocacy and Mental Health

On June 19-21, please join researchers, advocates, lawyers, clinicians, decision-makers and migrants from around the world to explore global trends and avenues for change in immigration detention. Speakers include : our very own François Crépeau, McGill University, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants ; Mary Bosworth, University of Oxford ; Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR ; Guglielmo Schinina, IOM ; representatives of the International Detention Coalition, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, End Immigration Detention Network, and many others. Please register here.

World Refugee Day

On June 20th at 5pm, the Montreal Holocaust Museum is organizing a special evening about the experiences of people who came to Canada as refugees. There will also be a guided tour of our temporary exhibit, “United Against Genocide : Understand, Question, Prevent” at 6:30 pm. To register for this event, please register here.

Submit Resources

If you or your organization wishes to submit resources to be featured in this newsletter, we would like to encourage you to submit them, including a brief description, by sending them to : oppenheimer@mcgill.ca

Thank you for reading. Wishing you a great month. Until next time.

Your Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law team.

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