Thursday, January 18, 2018 

6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
A100 – Centre of Excellence
Glendon Campus, York University
2275 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON


The migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East has shaped the political discourse around the world and specifically in Europe and North America. The desire to take back control over immigration propelled many Britons to vote for Brexit. In the US elections, Donald Trump promised to crack down on illegal immigration that got him elected last November.

The war in Syria and the refugee crisis continues to occupy political leaders as to how to address the migration and refugee crisis. While OECD reports that overall G20 countries have benefited from global migration – from economic and labour market perspectives – yet immigration and refugee issues continue to dominate public discourse.

In 2015, the number of migrants worldwide was the highest ever recorded, having reached 244 million (from 232 million in 2013). Europe remains the highest destination for migrants, followed by the US, Australia, Canada and other part of the Middle East.  To lead the public discussion on Global Migration, the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs is organizing a conference to debate the ramifications of migration.

At the Glendon Global Debates, experts will discuss some of these issues and will touch on the following:

  • Political, economic, social and cultural impact of global migration in the West and around the globe;
  • The Middle East crisis and the impact of immigration and refugee crisis in the Western countries;
  • How is global migration and refugee crisis impacting Canada? What can we do better?
  • What are some of the new ideas to address migration and refugee issues?

Recap of the Global Migration debate!



Celina Caesar-Chavannes
Member of Parliament for Whitby and
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and la Francophonie

Idil Atak
Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director
Department of Criminology, Ryerson University


Martin Mark
Former Director, Office for Refugees
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto

Anna Purkey
Assistant Professor, Department of  Sociology and Legal Studies,
St. Jerome’s University 


Pamela Divinsky
Executive Director
The Mosaic Institute