School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

The Boat people and the Syrian Refugees: Lessons Learned and Forgotten

Naomi Alboim

November 12, 2015,  12:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

** Light lunch starts at 11:30 AM             All are Welcome


Naomi Alboim, Adjunct Professor and Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University | November 12, 2015Naomi AlboimAdjunct Professor and Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

Biography

Abstract:

In 1979-81 Canada accepted 60,000 refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for resettlement to Canada. By contrast, in 2015, Canada may not even admit 10,000 Syrian refugees unless a real push is made during the next two months of this calendar year.

Why has Canada’s response been so different to these two refugee movements?

What are the political, policy, operational, organizational, attitudinal and global contextual factors that have resulted in these differences. Will the election results make a difference?