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The refugee crisis: what can Canada do?

September 11, 2015

TORONTO, ON – The Munk School of Global Affairs is hosting a panel discussion on Wednesday, September 16 to answer what Canada can do as world attention turns to the plight of millions of Syrian refugees fleeing from conflict.

Admission is free but registration required through the Munk School of Global Affairs website.

The event will also be live webcast.

Members of the media should contact Kelley.teahen@utoronto.ca to reserve a spot.

Where:

Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto

When:

Wed. Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Panel:

  • Naomi Alboim, Former Deputy Minister of Immigration, Ontario. Adjunct Professor, Queen’s University
  • Mel Cappe, Professor, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto
  • Randall Hansen, Director, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs and Professor, Political Science
  • Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director and Adjunct Professor, Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ryerson University
  • Brian Stewart, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and former CBC international correspondent

Sponsors:

Centre for Europe, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, and the School of Public Policy and Governance, U of T Synopsis:

Pictures of a drowned three-year old boy have galvanized public attention on the plight of Syrian refugees. The attention has come too late, as four million refugees have already fled Syria, including 1,800 people who drowned in the Mediterranean. A distinguished panel of academics, journalists, and activists will examine the root causes of the crisis, the divergent reaction among EU member states (Germany’s openness vs Hungary’s restrictiveness) and what Canada can do.

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Media contacts:

Kelley Teahen, Special Advisor Public Affairs, Munk School of Global Affairs: (416) 946-0123; kelley.teahen@utoronto.ca

University of Toronto Media Line: (416) 978-0100