The Liu Institute for Global Issues’ video series, Seeking Refuge, focuses on different aspects of the refugee crisis we are witnessing in today’s world.

The series includes a number of short videos that consist of snippets from interviews with Liu Institute and UBC Professors with legal and geopolitical expertise on refugee issues.

Compelling questions such as ‘Who counts as a refugee?’ and ‘Is this refugee crisis the new normal?’ will be answered throughout the series.

Please share your feedback, ideas, and questions in the comment section below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you to Liu Postdoctoral Fellow Jordan Levine with for working with us on this video series.

Part 2:

The original settlers in Canada wouldn’t be able to migrate in today’s world the way they did years ago.

In an interview with the Liu Institute for Global Issues, Catherine Dauvergne, Dean of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, shows how migration has changed from a legal perspective.

Catherine Dauvergne took up the Deanship of the Peter A. Allard School of Law in July 2015. Professor Dauvergne has been working in the area of refugee, immigration, and citizenship law for twenty years.  She has written three books that take a broad perspective on the theoretical underpinnings of these areas of law, including considering how human rights principles and discourses fit into a migration and citizenship framework.  Dauvergne has recently held a major research grant examining the failure of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect non-citizens.

Related Publications:

  • Dauvergne, Catherine. Making people illegal: What globalization means for migration and law. Cambridge University Press, 2008. (Available here.)
  • Dauvergne, Catherine. The new politics of immigration and the end of settler societies. Cambridge University Press, 2016. (Available here.)
  • Kaushal, Asha, and Catherine Dauvergne. “The growing culture of exclusion: Trends in Canadian refugee exclusions.”International Journal of Refugee Law 1 (2011): 54-92. (Available here.)

Global Organizations:

Migrant Offshore Aid Station

A charity dedicated to saving lives at sea by providing professional search and rescue to people who are in distress. MOAS was established in response to a humanitarian disaster in October 2013 in which some 400 men, women and children drowned off the Italian island of Lampedusa.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

For over 65 years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been protecting the rights and well-being of refugees all over the world.

International Organization for Migration

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

Doctors without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works around the world to provide refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) with everything they need from psychological care to lifesaving nutrition. MSF sets up hospitals in refugee camps, helps women give birth safely, vaccinates children to prevent epidemics, and provides access to safe drinking water.