Canada’s Private and Government Sponsorship of Syrian Refugees: Successes, Challenges, Prospects


Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 312, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

The Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism invite you to a panel on Canada’s Private and Government Sponsorship of Syrian Refugees.

The Syrian conflict has generated one of the worst refugee crisis in the post World War II era. The Canadian system has offered not only government sponsorship of refugees, but also a private sponsorship program for resettlement and has been deemed a 'role model' for resettlement that should be exported worldwide. Or should it?

We reflect on the successes and lessons learned from this experience as well as prospects and challenges of ensuring that it responds to the protection and humanitarian needs of refugees. The event will be moderated by Professor François Crépeau, Director of CHRLP and holder of the Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law.


Janet Dench is the Executive Director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, where she has worked for over 25 years.

Audrey Macklin is Director of the Centre for Criminology and Socio-legal Studies and Chair in International Human Rights Law at the University of Toronto, and a current Trudeau Fellow.

Adnan Al Mhamied is a Syrian researcher with the ‘Refugee Integration and Long-Term Health Outcomes in Canada’ study (SyRIA.lth) who is currently preparing for his PhD.

Sarwat Dalal Bashi is an International Human Rights specialist with a wide experience in the field of Civil Society, and a former O'Brien Fellow in Residence.

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