Canada Workshop – Canada’s border and migration policies in comparative perspective

Victoria, BC
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (All day)


This closed workshop focused on exploring comparative border and migration policy coming out of the European migration crisis from a Canadian perspective. This is the last workshop of the project; we have already conducted workshops in Strasbourg (internal EU borders, Schengen), Brussels (on external EU borders, Dublin), Japan (on “immigration” policies). The purpose of the workshop is to present, discuss, review and analyze, border and migration literatures and policies and to do so from a comparative perspective. There is a public talk, connected to this workshop, by Birte Wassenberg - see below. 

Organized by the Jean Monnet Network - Comparing and Contrasting EU Border and Migration Policy – Are They Exemplary?

Tuesday November 13th, Fraser Building Room 150
Remotely: or +1.888.240.2560 (US Toll Free) Meeting ID: 625 036 375

08:30 - 09:00 Welcome and Introduction

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria, Canada)

09:00-10:30 Panel 1 – Setting the context: Ethical questions / humanitarian issues regarding global border and migration policies

Moderator: Oliver Schmidtke, UVic

  1. Scott Watson, UVic  – Canada and the international refugee and migration regime
  2. Asad Kiyani, UVic – The Three Dimensions of Canada's Migration Crisis
  3. Nicole Bates-Eamer, PhD Student UVic – Climate Change & Migration to Canada

Discussant: Jean McRae, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)

10:40 – 12:10 Panel 2 – National Policies in Comparison – Canada & Comparisons EU
Moderator: Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, UVic

  1. Birte Wassenburg, Strasbourg – EU internal borders
  2. Can Mutlu, Acadia – EU external borders
  3. Donald Galloway (Law, retired) – Canadian legal perspectives
  4. Oliver Schmidtke, UVic – Canadian political & historical perspectives

Discussant: Michael Carpenter, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Borders in Globalization

12:15 – Lunch @ Faculty Club

13:30 – 15:00: Panel 3 – Perspectives from the field

Moderator: Jean McRae, ICA

  1. Solomon Wong, INTERVistas (remotely) – Beyond preclearance and border policy
  2. Sabine Lehr, ICA, “Exporting” refugee sponsorship: Navigating the borders of expansion or restriction of the protection regime
  3. Claude Beaupre, MA Student Sciences Po, Analysis of the Canadian Media Coverage of the Migrant and Refugee Crisis in Europe, 2015 2016

Discussant: Scott Watson, Can Mutlu

15:00 – 15:45 – Roundtable discussion to recap the day, Led by Michael Carpenter

16:00 – 18:00 – Public Lecture: Birte Wassenburg, European Border Regions