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Room H1220, Henry F. Hall Building, 1455 Maisonneuve W.

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During this workshop on immigration issues, Lindsay Larios and Sara Douha will present respectively their research on the legacy of Harper's immigration policies, as well as the impact of Church-led private refugee programs.

It's a free event, and tea and snacks will be served!

Room H1220, Henry F. Hall Building, 1455 Maisonneuve W.

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Lindsay Larios -Venue Shopping and Legitimacy: Making sense of Harper's Immigration Record

Canadian immigration policy went through numerous changes under the Conservative Party leadership of Stephen Harper from 2006 to 2015. The paper discussed by Lindsay Larios provides an empirical account of immigration policy change during this era and suggests that of state-centred venue shopping can effectively account for the Harper's immigration record. We suggest that the redeployment of the state into new and expanding venues works to demonstrate state capacity and legitimacy as a nodal actor in immigration policy.

Sara Douha - Echoes of Patrimonial Powers in Private Refugee Programs

Sara Douha explores the history and role of Churches and Christian-based organizations in private refugee programs. Using the Operation Syrian Refugee (OSR) Project as a case study, she argues that institutional biases in private refugee programs such as Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSRs) and Blended Visa Office Referral Program (BVOR) reinforce Canada as a residually patrimonial state. From a policy perspective, how and why private refugee programs should be reformed?

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