The Policy and Politics of Refugee Resettlement in Canada – 3 credits

International Graduate Summer School

This course has ended

July 24 – August 4, 2017

As part of a special initiative started in November 2015, Canada has resettled about 40,000 Syrians either as government sponsored or privately sponsored refugees.

This 3-credit summer school, a collaboration between the Department of Political Science and the School of Community and Public Affairs, builds on the Syrian refugee initiative to explore the policy and politics of refugee resettlement in Canada builds on the Syrian refugee initiative to explore the policy and politics of refugee resettlement in Canada. The high targets set forward by Canada and the capacity of the state to actually implement them point to the particularities of Canada’s approach to resettling refugees. Yet, the story is more complicated and official discourses do not tell us much about the operations and the realities on the ground.

This summer school will provide participants with a first look at the Canadian Syrian refugee initiative, based on the expertise of Concordia researchers, Canadian and international scholars, community actors and government representatives, as well as with the collaboration of international organizations. It will consider implementation challenges, policy implications and situate Canada’s response in a historical and comparative perspective.

Participants will benefit from an interdisciplinary perspective to learn about the major forces generating contemporary displacement, the international instruments and institutions governing refugee movements as well as the settlement and integration processes of refugee groups.

This intensive two-week graduate course will consist of approximately 15 graduate students.


Canadian and international MA and PhD students, at any stage of their program, are invited to participate. In addition, students that are registered in an MA program to commence in the Fall of 2017 may apply.


Dr. Mireille Paquet
Director of the Centre for the Study of Politics and Immigration and Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Chedly Belkhodja
Principal of the School of Community and Public Affairs

Quebec and Canadian researchers, NGO representatives and European researchers will be guest teachers over the two weeks. 


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