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Date: 2017-03-01
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Catégorie: Call for Papers
Sujet: Call for Papers - Private sponsorship of refugees in Canada: New research directions

Private sponsorship of refugees in Canada: New research directions
Workshop, April 28, 2017 at the University of Toronto

The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (PSRP), in operation since the 1970s, has given
Canadian citizens a unique role to play in the admission and settlement of refugees. In
particular, Canadian citizens are permitted to come together to raise money for specific
individuals, whom they take responsibility for resettling in Canada. This program has permitted
Canada, as a whole, to respond quickly and flexibly to refugee crises as they emerge. Most
recently Canadians rose up in the thousands in response to the Syrian crisis, and approximately
18000 Syrian refugees were admitted as PSRs (including Blended Visa Office Referrals
admissions) since November 2015. The government has announced its intention to admit 17000
privately sponsored refugees, as well as 1500 additional refugees via the BVOR list, in 2017.

This day-long workshop, co-organized by the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at
the University of Toronto and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the
University of Ottawa, will bring together scholars together to share their recent work on the
Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. Our goal is to offer a forum in which to discuss the
multi-faceted ways in which researchers are examining the successes and failures of this
program, from the perspectives of refugees and sponsors, both recently and historically. We
welcome proposals for presentations that focus on any aspect of the PSRP.

Please send a 250-word description of your research project to Patti Tamara Lenard
patti.lenard@uottawa.ca) and Audrey Macklin (audrey.macklin@utoronto.ca) by March 15. If
you are working as a team of researchers, please indicate how many researchers will attend. We
will respond to interested scholars within a week of this date.

Patti Tamara Lenard
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
University of Ottawa


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