Panel discussion at York U examines migration and resilience

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Syrian refugees queue at a border checkpoint
Refugees queue at the Hungarian border
Refugees gather at the Hungarian border. Image: Wikimedia Commons

An event at York University on Oct. 2 will focus on a discussion that explores the different understandings of resilience in current research about migration.

Co-organized by the Wellesley Institute and the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS), the event titled “Migration and Resilience: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives” runs from 1:30 to 4:30pm at 519 Kaneff Tower.

The three-hour session will examine research in the field that shows the capacity of migrant individuals and their communities to overcome settlement challenges. It will also share findings from studies that investigate how the many institutions that shape the context of migrant reception become resilient, and maintain their efficacy, the changing needs of migrants and evolving public policies.

Delivering the keynote speech will be John Mollenkopf, Distinguished Research Professor of political science and sociology and director of the Centre for Urban Research at the City University of New York. His address – Unsettled in America: Metropolitan Context, Local Leadership, and Immigrant Integration – looks at regional resilience and migration in the U.S.

A panel discussion on the topic “How to Apply the Concept of Resilience to the Settlement and Integration Field” will feature Faculty of Health Psychology Professor Michaela Hyne; Diane Dyson of WoodGreen Community Services in Toronto; Kwame Mckenzie, Wellesley Institute; and moderator Vera Dodic, Toronto Newcomer Office.

The Canadian panelists will explore ways to apply the concept of resilience to the settlement and integration experience of diverse migrants.

To attend this event, RSVP to The event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Refreshments will be served.