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December 2, 2015 Panel: The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Policy Options and Implications for Canada

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December 2, 2015 Panel: The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Policy Options and Implications for Canada

Elliot J. Gunn

The experience of the refugee is often one of paralysis – unable to look back, yet simultaneously stalled from moving forward. As the homes of many in Syria are caught in the crossfire of civil war, Europe has witnessed the largest influx of refugees since World War II, with the need far outweighing the responses.

The Hart House Debates Committee, the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and the U of T Refugee Alliance have coordinated a panel discussion to: explore the impetus behind this mass migration, discuss the human and global impacts, and consider policy decisions that Canada and the international community can pursue to improve the prognoses for refugees and their families.

Join us for an informative panel discussion with experts in the field, including:

  • Paul Heinbecker, Former Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations
  • Leen Al Zaibak, Board Member of Life Line Syria, Director and Co-Founder of educational NGO "Bridges"
  • Kristen Marshall, a Senior Refugee Law Trainer at Legal Aid Ontario
  • The Moderator will be Raja Khouri, director at the Canadian Arab Institute 

**Light refreshments will be served from 7-7:30, providing attendees an opportunity to meet speakers

To register, sign up at the Eventbrite page here



Media Coverage

U of T's media coverage can be accessed at this link


Media Release

The official media release can be found in PDF here (English, French).


Panel Statement

Panel Statement (Tina Park): Word, PDF.