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Canada’s Role in the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Minister John McCallum in Conversation

  • University College Room 179 1 King's College Road Toronto, ON, M5S 3G8 Canada (map)

Join the University of Toronto Liberals, the University of Toronto International Relations Society, and the Munk School of Global Affairs G7 Research Group as they welcome Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship John McCallum in conversation about the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Featuring Lifeline Syria Co-Founder and former Deputy Minister Naomi Alboim and moderated by Director of the University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Program Samer Muscati, this event will present a phenomenal opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to engage on an issue of great import.

In the wake of a war that has claimed the lives of over 250,000 people and has left 4.6 million as refugees, few issues this year have captured the national conversation quite like Syria. Nor have any elicited comparable groundswells of activism and vitriol between those who see the world’s action as indicative of a collective humanitarian consciousness and those who deride the work as a cynical attempt at assuaging Western guilt in the face of years of paralysis.

But this has hit close to home as well; with Canada’s new Liberal government in Ottawa committing to taking in 25,000 Syrian refugees, this has prompted a host of questions about how we see ourselves as a nation and what we wish our role to be in international and humanitarian affairs. There is no experience more Canadian than that of our immigrants and refugees – now is time to talk about what meaningful action on this portfolio will look like for the years to come.

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Friday, February 12, 2016

University College, Room 179


Kaleem Hawa, President of International Relations Society | 647-338-0753

Alexander Cohen, President of University of Toronto Liberals | 613-899-1370