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CBC: 8 months after Alan Kurdi’s body found, refugees the focus of Winnipeg events

May 3, 2016 — 

A recent op-ed by Prof. Shauna Labman highlights a series of events in Winnipeg aimed at fostering discussion about refugees and forced migration.

“We are ‘Friendly Manitoba’ and as our community grows and changes it is important to know who our new neighbours are, where they come from and how in the future, we can both continue to help and welcome while working to lessen refugee flows.

One such opportunity will take place next week. Menno Simons College is hosting the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 9th Annual Conference from May 11 to 14 with events at Menno Simons College, University of Winnipeg and the Canadian Mennonite University.

The conference theme is “freedom of movement: exploring a path from armed conflict, persecution, and forced migration to conflict resolution, human rights, and development.”

Scholars, advocates and settlement workers will be meeting in Winnipeg from more than 20 countries around the world to explore these issues. While anyone can register to attend, certain events are also open to the public.

Dr. Elspeth Guild, an expert in European migration law will give a public lecture on Wednesday, May 11 titled “For Whom Are EU Borders Deadly and Why?” It takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Winnipeg’s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall.”

Find more information about Conference events on CBC Manitoba’s website.

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