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Porte de la Chapelle, Paris (July 2017). AFP

The difficult subject of refugee economies

Is the impact of refugees in the host country's economy positive or negative? The real question is really quite different: can the economy really do without refugees?
Refugee Journeys is a board game designed to help front-line workers and educators confront their bias towards refugees. Michelle Lam

Playing this board game will challenge your ideas about refugees

Many Canadians have volunteered to help newcomers adjust to society. This board game was developed to help these volunteers understand what it feels like to enter a new country and build a new life.
Members of a ‘particular social group’ may qualify for asylum if they have suffered violence for such traits as gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation. AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

Why domestic abuse and anti-gay violence qualify as persecution in asylum law

International law recognizes that women and LGBTQ people face unique forms of violence that may qualify them for asylum. The US now asserts that domestic abuse is a 'private' matter.
Mexico has been doing the U.S.‘s 'dirty work’ on immigration for too long, says the front-runner in the country’s July 1 presidential election. AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo

Mexico seeks to become ‘country of refuge’ as US cracks down on migrants

Trump's anti-immigrant policies are leading more Central Americans to stay put in Mexico. Mexico's presidential candidates have a lot to say about that, and none of it involves mass deportations.
A group of asylum seekers arrive at the temporary housing facilities at the border crossing Wednesday May 9, 2018 in St. Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec. Thousands of asylum seekers came into Canada illegally across the Canada-U.S. border in the first quarter of the year, but only a fraction were removed from the country during that time. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

U.S.-Canada agreement on refugees is now unconstitutional

The Safe Third Country Agreement between the United States and Canada was originally intended to deal with refugees seeking asylum. But recent U.S. developments mean the agreement's days are numbered
Many women in this caravan of Central American migrants said they were fleeing physical and sexual violence. The Trump administration has overridden an Obama-era ruling that domestic abuse may be grounds for asylum. Reuters/Edgard Garrido

Do abused women need asylum? 4 essential reads

Countries have some flexibility in interpreting UN agreements on refugee rights. But Sessions' decision that abused women don't qualify for asylum in the US is an extraordinarily severe ruling.
Inflexible structures of higher education and competing demands related to settlement often make transition difficult for refugees, despite their desire to work hard. Shutterstock

Universities need to do more to support refugee students

Without developing a better understanding of the challenges refugee students face, we run the risk of further disadvantaging refugee students in Australia.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to local residents at a public barbecue ahead of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Justin Trudeau’s narcissism reveals Canada’s divisions

Justin Trudeau's pattern of bizarre behaviour is coming into focus, previously obscured by his progressive politics and human rights activism at home and abroad.
A scene from Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. Brian Tomaszewski

I teach refugees to map their world

Maps can be an invaluable tool in a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. A pilot project trained Syrian refugees at a Jordan camp to create their own.

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