Unpacking Equity: The Use of AI in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee System

By Mackenzie Rice The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to improve public sector efficiency is both exciting and controversial. While these technologies have the power to present new solutions to some of the toughest global challenges, their use has also called attention to serious concerns relating to data privacy, human rights,…

Takeaways from the 2015 #WelcomeRefugees Initiative

Shaheen Chohan As of December 2017, an estimated 11 million Syrians have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to the civil war that began in 2011. While the vast majority have sought refuge in neighbouring countries like Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan, an additional estimated one million Syrians have fled to Europe. In comparison, Canada…

The Challenges of The Safe Third Country Agreement

Matthew Plouffe Recent issues surrounding restrictive immigration and refugee practices in the United States have led to a surge in irregular border crossings into Canada within the past year. This has caused increased concern amongst Canadian policy-makers and ignited a discussion about the dominant policy shaping U.S.-Canada border crossing, the Safe Third Country Agreement. The…

Shaking up Complacency: The Immigration Debate

Milica Uzelac In the past year, one report named Canada the best country in the world according to millennials, while another named it the second best country in the world overall. While these rankings are impressive, Joseph Carens, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, presented a captivating lecture on January 11, 2017,…