The Centre for Refugee Studies is engaged in research on refugee issues; it informs public discussion as well as policy development and practice innovation by international, governmental, advocacy and service organizations; and it supports teaching in refugee and migration studies. Refugee studies is conceived in broad terms, as being concerned with the displacement of populations and individuals across and within borders, for reasons of persecution, expulsion, violence, violation of fundamental human rights and loss of essential human security and livelihood. It covers not only accommodation, protection, and assistance for refugees through asylum, settlement, resettlement and reintegration, but also the prevention of displacement. Its approach is necessarily interdisciplinary and it respects diversity in perspectives.
As I take on the role of director at CRS, many issues call for the attention of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in relation to human displacement. In Jordan, Zaatari refugee camp continues to grow, as Syrian refugees pour across the border into Jordan and Turkey. While Zaatari camp is the second largest in the world by UNHCR’s count, the Dadaab camps of Kenya comprise the largest, hosting almost half a million Somali refugees. These latter, ‘temporary’ camps have been in place for more than two decades, and analyses to determine why and what can be done are of concern to CRS.
- (December 26, 2014) Four York University community members appointed to Order of Canada, YFile
- (September 26, 2014) Can Canada duplicate its boat people rescue with Syrian refugees?, Toronto Star
The department of Social Work at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) in partnership with Canadian universities namely York University (Centre for Refugee Studies), St Thomas University and University of Manitoba organized a workshop under the theme: “Synthesizing indigenous and international social work theory and Practice in Rwanda”.
More information about this event can be found here: http://www.nur.ac.rw/spip.php?article1423
CERIS Research Synthesis Report: Refugee Research Synthesis 2009-2013 by Jennifer Hyndman, Silvia D'Addario, Matt R. Stevens