Summer School - Policy and Politics of Refugee Resettlement in Canada, 24 July - 4 August 2017, Canada

Publish Date: Apr 06, 2017

Deadline: Apr 20, 2017

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

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 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 Immigration Policy Evaluation 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. 

Course Structure

Every day, mornings and sometimes early afternoon will follow a lecture format, with ample opportunity for participation. Afternoon will be dedicated for mentoring sessions with invited professors, small-group seminars and individual research. Course members will receive their reading packages digitally in July, and they will be expected to arrive ready to discuss this material. In addition, field trips in Montreal will take place during the summer school. These will provide students with access to some settlement and immigrant serving organizations, as well as with a different look at some local challenges.

Financial Support

Canadian students are eligible for a competitive $500 CAD scholarship to cover a portion of their participation costs.

International students are eligible for a $2,000 CAD scholarship to cover a portion of their participation costs.

In addition, international students will receive free accommodation at Concordia University’s residences.

How to Apply

In relation to the course’s objectives, we will welcome students from Canada and from abroad.

The admission will be competitive and will be based on research interests, research in progress (when relevant) and applicants’ overall research potential. 

Interested students are invited to submit an application package including:

  1. A statement outlining their motivation for the school, their research interests and any other relevant information (max. 750 words)
  2. A CV
  3. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  4. The name and contact information of one academic reference

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2017.

Admission decisions will be announced by May 15, 2017.

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