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Centre for Refugee Studies

The Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York is an interdisciplinary community of researchers dedicated to advancing the well-being of refugees and others displaced by violence, persecution, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation through innovative research, education, and policy engagement. Since its inception in 1988, CRS has been recognized as an international leader in the creation, mobilization, and dissemination of new knowledge that addresses forced migration issues in local, national and global contexts.


January 2023
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Sept 12 2022
Geopolitics of Education for Peace: Spaces of Struggle & Resistance (featured project website)

Aug 24 2022
Recipient of the 2022 Anthony Richmond Scholarship - Mara Mahmud

June 9 2022
Central America’s caravan of mothers: Personal grief and political grievance (The Conversation)

by Linn Biorklund

June 8 2022
How LGBTQI+ to LGBTQI+ support is helping Ukrainian refugees find safety in the EU (The New Humanitarian)

Co-authors: Yvonne Su, Tyler Valiquette, Aydan Greatrick, Corey Robinson

May 30 2022
Visualizing Asylum Applications (Canada 2000-2020)

The CRS-co-hosted Refugee Law Laboratory has released new asylum data visualizations, using UNHCR data.

Jan 24 2022
Why migrants risk everything to cross borders in unsafe conditions (Global News)

Dec 9, 2021
Access To Justice for Refugees: How Legal Aid and Quality of Counsel Impact Fairness and Efficiency in Canada’s Asylum System

Nov 25, 2021
Immigrant workers at Alberta meat plants vulnerable to dangerous conditions, research finds, (Calgary Herald)

Sept 23, 2021
Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada, by Yvonne Su, (The Conversation)

Sept 22, 2021
New Publication: “No Safe Place”: Documenting the migration status and employment conditions of workers in Alberta’s meatpacking industry during the pandemic

Aug 6, 2021
Recipient of the 2021 Anthony Richmond Scholarship

May 5, 2021
Clear safeguards needed around technology for border checkpoints

March 31, 2021
Moria 2.0: The EU’s sandbox for surveillance technologies

Feb 12 2021
Refugee Law Lab Receives Grant to Build Free Legal Analytics App

January 2021
Message from the Director

January 2021
2020 Winner of "Haiku Your Research" Contest

November 11 2020
UN warns of impact of smart borders on refugees: ‘Data collection isn't apolitical’

November 9 2020
Report: Technological Testing Grounds: Border tech is experimenting with people’s lives