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Refugee Crisis

Professor Anneke Smit joins UNHCR Europe and the European Resettlement Network as a consultant to conduct study of higher education scholarships for refugees

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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Smit on Refugee 'Failures' in Macleans

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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.

Smit Honoured for Refugee Work

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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.

Smit co-authors op-ed in the Globe and Mail on behalf of Canada4Refugees.

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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