In the midst of the global migration crisis, higher education opportunities for refugee youth can play a crucial role in their safety and protection.
Following the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016, universities and other members of civil society have been called upon to share responsibility for creating pathways to refugee protection. To assist these efforts, Windsor Law’s Professor Anneke Smit was engaged by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Europe and partner organizations in the European Resettlement Network (ERN+) as external consultant to conduct a feasibility study of higher education scholarships for refugees.
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— Published on May 10th, 2018
Professor Anneke Smit wrote an article for Macleans Magazine titled, "Canadians have turned a blind eye to the Liberals’ refugee failures." In the article Smit posits that Canada’s big talk on refugees doesn’t align with the government’s private-sponsorship cap—which, she says, was swept under the rug.
— Published on May 16th, 2017
Professor Anneke Smit will be recognized with The Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership's Welcoming Community Award at a forum on March 2.
Professor Smit's research includes her work on the rights of refugees and internally displaced persons. She has led efforts across Canada to advocate for those fleeing violence in Syria and she serves on the steering committees of the organizations Canada4Refugees and Scholars at Risk.
— Published on Feb 17th, 2017
Calls on government for more resources to cure delays in the private refugee sponsorship programme.
— Published on Sep 21st, 2016
Professor Anneke Smit co-authored an op-ed in today's Globe and Mail (September 18, 2016) with former Toronto mayor John Sewell on behalf of Canada4Refugees. Both Prof Smit and Mr. Sewell are members of the steering committee of Canada4Refugees which represents sponsorship groups.The article is entitled, "Canadians are poised to take in more Syrians. Let’s do it."
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— Published on Sep 18th, 2016
Prof Smit quoted in Toronto Star article on the need for refugee assistance.
— Published on Oct 13th, 2015
Prof Xavier on the refugee crisis
— Published on Sep 7th, 2015