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KIAS Rapid Research Responses support timely research, enabling critical dialogue and engagement with current events. Our projects explored the Syrian refugee crisis (2015), the Euromaidan in Ukraine (2014), and Metis rights (2013).

Migration Views

Migration Views was a rapid research response project jointly led by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, the European Union Centre of Excellence and the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta in the fall and winter of 2015/16. It consisted of a large-scale web initiative and a series of on-campus events.

The Migration Views website was created by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies and the European Union Centre of Excellence at the University of Alberta. It was an initiative to collect scholarly, professional and personal reflections on migration and the refugee crisis. Over 30 video and paper contributions have come from researchers working on various aspects of migration, citizenship, identity, security and conflict, from ambassadors of countries affected by the crisis and from individuals with personal experiences to share. The website brings these perspectives together to highlight the connections between the rich range of academic work on campus on migration and voices from the broader community. 

The many topics people can read or watch videos about on the website include terrorism and refugees, the Syrian refugee crisis and the Canadian federal elections, European immigrants’ integration into the labour market, the rise of ISIS, hospitality after the Paris attacks, refugee children in schools, the experiences of migrant minors, the EU migration policy response, the role of media, mental health planning for Syrian refugees, a community-based tipsheet for new refugees, and statements from ambassadors.

The organizers teamed up with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers to host a public roundtable entitled Is Canada Shaping a New Model for Managing the Refugee Crisis? Reflections from Government, Academia, Community and Civil Society in Canada, alongside the EU perspective on Wednesday January 20th, 2016. The roundtable was attended by approximately 150 guests, including members from all three levels of government, media and the broader community. The full and edited video recording of the roundtable is available on the Migration Views website. 

As part of the project, Glenn Davidson, former Ambassador of Canada to Syria and Afghanistan visited the UAlberta campus on February 20th, 2016. He gave a public talk about his personal insights on the Syrian refugee crisis and a video interview now available on the project website. Davidson's visit was sponsored by the Wirth Institute and the Canadian International Council.

The Migration Views project and its researchers were featured over 15 times in the media, including CBC News, CBC Radio, Global TV/News, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Examiner, Alberta Primetime, Metro News. The website attracted 3,141 page views from 1,397 unique page visitors from 69 different countries, 338 cities and 5 continents in its first month.

For further information please follow these links:

Migration Views website: http://migrationviews.ualberta.ca/

UAlberta feature news stories: 

https://uofa.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2015/december/a-rational-perspective-on-the-refugee-crisis

https://uofa.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2016/january/working-to-build-a-new-life

https://uofa.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2016/january/helping-child-refugees-bridge-cultural-worlds-at-school

https://uofa.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2016/january/are-refugees-a-threat-to-canada

https://uofa.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2016/january/canadas-leadership-on-refugee-crisis-part-of-national-identity

https://www.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2016/february/no-end-in-sight-for-syrian-conflict-says-former-ambassador

Work of Arts blog post by Adam Dombovari: http://www.woablog.com/2015/10/guest-post-continuing-the-conversation-about-refugees/

(the blog post was re-posted at http://blog.ualberta.ca/2015/11/a-consider-this-opinion-piece.html)

Quad blog post: http://blog.ualberta.ca/2016/01/the-migration-views-project-next-step.html

External media:

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/canada-morally-obligated-to-provide-leadership-on-syrian-refugee-crisis-panellists-say

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-refugee-programs-under-pressure-to-meet-increasing-demand-1.3411193

http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2016/01/19/public-invited-to-roundtable-on-refugee-resettlement.html

http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2016/01/27/u-of-a-panel-has-government-officials-and-international-experts-discuss-edmontons-efforts-to-resettle-refugees

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/migrant-workers-face-ethnic-penalty-in-job-market-u-of-a-researcher-1.3402753

http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2016/01/12/student-taps-refugee-community-for-advice-for-newcomers.html

http://globalnews.ca/news/2466578/educators-have-a-superficial-understanding-of-multiculturalism-expert/

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Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum : The Case for Euro-Maidan

On June 26th, the Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum hosted an online video conference featuring papers from three research clusters related to the EuroMaidan in Ukraine including: Folklore, Culture and Religion, Media and Communication, and Politics and Social Structure. The event was organized in collaboration with the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. The proceedings have been viewed over 950 times online at: http://new.livestream.com/ualberta/UkraineResearchForum

Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum


Métis in the Courts


Part of the mandate of the Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research includes building the capacity to conduct systematic research and critical analysis of the impacts of general government policies on Métis communities. The RCMR has built into its architecture a “think tank” emphasis, which will allow it to tackle questions important to Métis society in a scholarly, non-partisan way. One element of this “think tank” is the creation of a “rapid response” website through which we can talk to Métis experts and experts on various Métis issues as they are happening. Several important Métis rights issues have come before the Canadian courts recently – among the most long-anticipated is the Manitoba Métis Federation case against the Canadian government for the loss of their lands under sections 31 and 32 of the Manitoba Act of 1870.

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