Banning Muslims? Explaining Xenophobia in the US and Europe

Nalisha Asgarali The fear of Islam and its followers is rising globally. With the United States presidential election looming ever closer, the steady “War on Terrorism,” a raging geopolitical war in Syria, a refugee crisis rampant across Europe, and the global security threat posed by ISIS, the world has been increasingly divided over one key demographic: Muslims….

New Government, New Review: The Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Alyssa Wali The temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) has been a fixture in Canadian immigration policy since 1973. The program was created to fill vacant employment positions throughout Canada, although it initially was limited to allowing only foreign agricultural workers and live-in caregivers entry to Canada. However, the program has been expanded to allow low-skilled…

Lost at Sea: Three Options for the EU to Improve its Refugee Policies

Brynne Moore In past weeks, the world has seen harrowing pictures and video footage of drowning children, abuse towards refugees, and barbed wire fences constructed around state borders in Europe. Faced with the biggest influx of migrants since the Balkan wars of the 1990s, some countries in Europe have been widely criticized for their closed…

Express Entry: Immigration to Canada in 2015

Kristen John With each new year comes the implementation of a flurry of new legislation in several key public policy areas. In 2015, one of the latest – and most noteworthy – pieces of legislation to come into effect has been the Express Entry immigration system. Launched by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on January 1, this new electronic immigration…