About Us

Canada is a global leader in refugee research, policy making, and in refugee resettlement. Ten to twelve thousand refugees are resettled annually in Canada – this is ten percent of all those who are resettled globally. Our goal at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), one of the largest and most active refugee studies centres in the world, is to assist with building and updating the increasing and changing knowledge needs of refugee scholars and practitioners. In May 2013, CRS offered its internationally acclaimed seven-day Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues for the 18th consecutive year. York University, home to the foremost concentration of refugee and migration scholars in North America, once again hosted the course.

The Summer Course provides

  • an interdisciplinary, interactive and experiential approach to the study of forced migration and refugee issues.
  • a comparative global approach that exposes participants to the different perspectives of scholars and field-based specialists from Canada and abroad.
  • highlights from research and practical work in different regions including North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia
  • a blend of well-respected academics and practitioners with an excellent national and international track record of research, policy engagement and publications.
  • a York University – Centre for Refugee Studies Summer Course Certificate.

2014 Summer Course topics might include

  • Forced displacement: International case studies
  • UNHCR, the Convention and the International Refugee Regime
  • UNRWA and Palestinian refugees
  • Refugee resettlement policy
  • Urban refugees
  • Internally displaced populations
  • Age, gender and diversity mainstreaming in forced migration
  • Sexual minority refugee determination
  • Environmentally induced displacement
  • The future of forced migration
  • Legal approaches to refugee studies
  • Transitional justice
  • Humanitarian crises
  • Externalization of asylum
  • Securitization of migration
  • Refugee education

Participation Requirements

The Summer Course is designed for academic and field-based practitioners already working on/studying forced migration/refugee issues.  Participants typically include government officials, non-government organization personnel, university faculty, and graduate students. If the applicant’s background is strictly academic, a first degree is required (undergraduate students may apply to the course if they are completing their degree prior to the course start date). Applicants must have good to excellent English speaking, and reading skills.  No translation services are available.

May 12-18, 2014

Full course days will run 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Course Fee
Early bird fee by January 31st, 2014: $975+13%HST (Canadian dollars)
Regular fee: $1400+13%HST (Canadian dollars)

Registration deadlines
January 31st, 2014 – visa applicants

April 1st, 2014 – non-visa applicants

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