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Dr. Audrey Macklin - Re-Settler Society: Refugee sponsorship as Canadian Narrative (webinar recording)

By: Marco Campana
November 6, 2021

Dr. Audrey Macklin (University of Toronto Faculty of Law & Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy) presents in this online talk delivered Monday, March 8, 2021 as part of the UBC Centre for Migration Studies' Winter 2021 Speaker Series. Her presentation presents preliminary findings from research that involved over 500 online surveys and 85 in-person interviews with sponsors.

In late 2015, Canada launched its most ambitious refugee resettlement program since the Indochinese Resettlement of 1979-80. By late 2020, over 45,000 Syrian refugees were resettled to Canada. About half were sponsored by groups of Canadians who pooled their own financial resources, and undertook responsibility for material, moral and social support in the first year.

Macklin's research focuses on sponsors: who sponsors and why, their perception and experience of sponsorship, and the impact of sponsorship on them and their communities. She asks the question: how does the project of making refugees into citizens remake the citizenship of sponsors? She is interested in how the quotidian practices of sponsorship embody or challenge models of privatisation, inequality, humanitarianism and hospitality, and citizenship.

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