Syrian refugees

Glenn Davidson: Personal insights on Syria

https://youtu.be/w0pgkoY21tw

Vice-Admiral Glenn Davidson was Ambassador of Canada to Syria from September 2008 until March 2012 , a period which included the beginning of the Arab Spring and Syria’s descent into civil war. He was also Ambassador of Canada to Afghanistan from May 2012 until July 2013.

Ambassador Davidson visited the University of Alberta campus on February 22, 2016, where he also gave a public talk called 'Personal insights on Syria'. For more information see https://uofa...

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Natalie Kononenko & Asad Makhani: The refugee family – Issue of adjustment (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL628l9CeoU

Dr. Natalie Kononenko is Kule Chair in Ukrainian Ethnography and Professor of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, and Asad Makhani is an undergraduate student at the University of Alberta. Learn more about Dr. Kononenko's research here.

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Siobhan Byrne: ‘Canada is back’? Reflecting on the Syrian refugee crisis and the 2015 Canadian federal election

On Dec. 10, newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted the first government airlift of 163 privately-sponsored Syrian refugees at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Another airlift of 161 refugees arrived in Montreal on Dec. 12, with more government planes scheduled to land in the coming weeks. Their arrival marks the official beginning of the Liberal Party’s campaign pledge to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis. Canada expects to welcome 25,000 refugees fleeing the bloody four-year war in Syria by late Feb...

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Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika & Sophie Yohani: Some reflections on psychosocial supports for refugees (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fU1X7jt3YU

Dr. Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika is a Professor in Women's and Gender Studies, and Dr. Sophie Yohani is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. You can learn more about Dr. Okeke-Ihejirika's research on this page, and Dr. Yohani's research here.

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John McCoy: Hope and Hopelessness: Unraveling the Connections Between Refugees and Terrorism

Writing about terrorism and refugees is difficult. From a personal and normative standpoint and, given my own liberal internationalist inclinations and commitment to multiculturalism, humanitarianism and multilateralism, it is a challenging subject. But in light of the level of controversy, fear and unabashed racism that surrounds the current debate over the admission of Syrian refugees to Canada and other western states it is crucial that academics engage with these fears from a scholarly perspective...

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Asad Makhani: Refugees advise new refugees (Tipsheet in English and Arabic)

In the fall of 2015 Asad Makhani, a student at the University of Alberta working on cultural issues in medicine under the supervision of Professor and Kule Chair Natalie Kononenko, began interviewing refugees already settled in Canada. These were people from Sierra Leone, Bhutan, Cambodia, and other areas of turmoil who had found a new home and a new life in Canada. The goal of this project was to use the experiences of earlier waves of refugees to develop best practices for dealing with the imminent influx of new, Syrian refugees...

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Agnieszka Weinar: Role of media in the portrayal of the refugee crisis (Video)

Dr. Agnieszka Weinar is a Marie Curie fellow at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence, and a Visiting Researcher at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her current research interests address external aspects of EU migration policy and include questions of Europeanization in the EU neighbourhood, global human capital flows, labour migration to the EU, emigration from the EU, return migration, as well as migration and development agenda. She visited the University of Alberta on November 18, 2015, where she gave a public lecture on change and continuity in the European migration policy post-2012...

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Mojtaba Mahdavi: How should we respond to the rise of ISIS? (Video)

Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi is the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC) Chair in Islamic Studies and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. For further information about his research please follow this webpage.

https://youtu.be/1SiA54Vi3SY

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Marie-Anne Coninsx: Refugees: a big challenge for solidarity in Europe and the world (Video)

Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada, visited the University of Alberta on October 28, 2015. This video podcast has been co-funded with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this video are the sole responsibility of the organizers and can not be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

https://youtu.be/Ia_Fm1D-E1o?list=PLTFxtb30TfsuGiRnGQO7xZDAodaQiUnN9

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Jerome Melancon: Hospitality after the Paris Attacks: A #porteouverte for Canada

With shooters and suicide bombers in their midst, Parisians living in the 10th and 11th arrondissements opened their doors to anyone experiencing the same threat. On Twitter, they used the hashtag #porteouverte (#opendoor) to indicate they were willing to be reached by direct message to share their address and welcome strangers in their homes. They expressed and acted upon their solidarity by overcoming the fear that usually divides neighbours and leads to locked doors and closed borders.

At the same moment, as Canadians were learning about the attacks, calls for the government to repeal its plan to welcome Syrian refugees appeared on social media...

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