The first International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) session of 2021 will take place virtually between 25 and 27 May 2021 from 9:00 to 12:00 EST. Building on the 2008 and 2011 IDM meetings, this session focuses on “Accelerating integrated action on sustainable development: migration, the environment and climate change”. This comes at a time of increasing political urgency, and in view of the deep impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis linking climate and migration to current and future development issues.
For additional information on the agenda and meeting documents, please check the International Dialogue on Migration webpage here.
Our blog ECHOES has published a new original contribution by Patricia Landolt (Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto) on "The Cultural Politics of Health for All: A Pragmatic and Uncertain Path to Access in Toronto, a Sanctuary-City."
The FCJ Refugee Centre is hosting a webinar on the new policy that will allow up to 90,000 workers and international graduates to have a permanent status in Canada. In the information session, they will provide an overview of the program and talk about who can apply.
The webinar will take place on April 22, 10:30-11:30am EST. You can register here.
This article by the Toronto Star highlights the concerns of undocumented workers in regards to vaccine access. Many undocumented workers are afraid that by getting vaccinated they could end up losing their job or being deported. Getting vaccinated would involve providing personal information to public health officials and many workers fear it may be shared with immigration authorities, resulting in detention or removal from Canada.
According to the Toronto Star, anyone booking a vaccine appointment in Ontario is currently required to present an OHIP card or some other form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s licence or passport.
“We need a clear plan, otherwise we’ll have a very large number of people who will not be vaccinated — especially in the GTA — and that’s a problem from a public health perspective,” said Denise Gastaldo, a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health who has researched undocumented workers in Ontario.
The North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is the largest interdisciplinary conference in the world. Its primary purpose is to promote the health of refugee populations during the continuum of their flight, migration, and resettlement by assembling multidisciplinary experts in research, education, advocacy and clinical practice.
This year's conference will be held virtually from September 16-18, 2021.
Abstract submissions are now open. Submissions will be considered for workshops, oral or poster presentations.
Our blog ECHOES has published a new original contribution by Rupaleem Bhuyan (Associate Professor, University of Toronto) and Margarita Pintín-Pérez (Senior Coordinator, Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence, OCASI) on "Dismantling the Syndemic of Structural Violence Facing Migrant Women: COVID-19, Gender-Based Violence, and Systemic Racism."
An event to formally launch the new Public Health & Migration area at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, will take place on March 2, from 12-1:30pm, in partnership with the Centre for Global Health at the School of Public Health and the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Professor Steini Brown, Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, will open and two keynote speakers, Dr. Miriam Orcutt, Executive Director of Lancet Migration, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Health, University College, London, UK, and one of the Canadian Women in Global Health , and Dr. Heide Castañeda, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida will follow.
The event is open to the public, and it is meant to draw in a wide audience, from clinicians, to health systems and services researchers, critical qualitative researchers, policy makers, advocates, and community members. The event is free of charge.
Additional information and a registration form can be found here.
This article published by Correo highlights how the documentary, Rebel, by Quebec-based film director and editor Pier-Philippe Chevigny, aims to defend immigrants who have crossed the Canada-United States border in Quebec on foot.
"The documentary film Rebel (Rebelde), based on real events, addresses the drama of those who came to Canada in search of an improvement in their living conditions, fleeing the anti-immigrant policies of former President Donald Trump. Chevigny's documentary shows the reaction of the extreme right-wing in the province of Quebec to the arrival of immigrants."
The film can be found here.
The pandemic has forced the closure of borders and worsened the lives of migrants and refugees throughout the world. Their health and jobs are more precarious, their journeys more perilous, and their resettlement often suspended.
Ryerson’s CERC in Migration and Integration and openDemocracy are teaming up for a live discussion to investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the global governance of migration and refugees. The discussion will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, 12-1 PM, EST.
James Milner, Project Director, Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN), Carleton University
Marion Panizzon, Research Fellow, World Trade Institute, University of Bern
Antoine Pécoud, Professor of Sociology, University of Sorbonne Paris Nord
Chair: Younes Ahouga, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CERC in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University
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