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 2016, CRS offered its internationally acclaimed Summer Course on Refugees and Forced Migration for the 20th 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.

2017 topics to be announced….

2016 Summer Course topics included:

  • Forced displacement: International case studies
  • UNHCR, the Convention and the International Refugee Regime
  • Refugee resettlement: policy & practice
  • Age, gender and diversity mainstreaming in forced migration
  • Sexual minority refugee determination
  • Legal approaches to refugee studies
  • Borders and the externalization of asylum
  • Child migration
  • Health and refugees
  • The future of forced migration

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 8-12, 2017

Full course days will run 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Course Fee
Early bird fee by January 31st, 2017: $975+13%HST (Canadian dollars)
Regular fee: $1400+13%HST (Canadian dollars)

Registration deadlines
January 31st, 2017 – visa applicants

April 1st, 2017 – non-visa applicants

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