Migration, Human Rights and National Values


Wed, 05/02/2018


Title Migration, Human Rights and National Values

Date 2 May 2018, 11:30 - 13.30

Location YMCA Central Toronto


The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) is hosting a lecture on “boundaries of inclusion” by Dr. Irene Bloemraad.

While nationalism is growing around the world, record numbers of people are migrating beyond their country of birth. Increasingly, these migrants face hostility and discrimination by native-born citizens who see them as outsiders. Ensuring that migrants are treated fairly is a human rights issue. Yet in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere, research suggests that the language of rights can harden attitudes towards migrants.

Dr. Bloemraad will explore the complexities of framing and how we divide “us” from “them,” arguing that understanding and implementing the possibilities of inclusive nationalism is an urgent challenge in today’s world where some leaders are linking nationalism to policies that could close borders and drive further division.

The discussion will be moderated by Elizabeth McIsaac, President of the Maytree Foundation. The lecture will be held in partnership with Cities of Migration and the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants.

More information here.