Waterloo, Canada — How are migrants engaging with their new communities? This question will form the basis for a free public lecture on migrant rights by United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants François Crépeau, at tomorrow’s CIGI Signature Lecture.

The lecture, titled “Between Myths and Crises: Rethinking Migration Policies,” will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

Canada’s migrant policies have received heavy criticism in recent days, for the treatment of migrants from countries with “widespread and persistent-intense transmission” of the Ebola virus. The fear-based discourse perpetuates a familiar political message that frames migrants as security risks, rather than residents with nearly all the same rights as citizens. Dr. François Crépeau will speak to migrants’ rights, and explain why migrants typically remain precarious and politically disengaged. He will further discuss the importance of engaging and empowering migrants, particularly at a political level, to increase awareness of migrant rights, both in Canada and abroad. Dr. Crépeau will also discuss the progress made toward a comprehensive global migration governance framework.

 Members of the public can RSVP in advance by visiting: http://www.cigionline.org/events/between-myths-and-crises-rethinking-migration-policies. Alternatively, a live webcast is available through registration at the same link. Members of the media wishing to attend should RSVP in advance with CIGI Public Affairs Coordinator Erin Baxter, at [email protected] or 519-885-2444 ext. 7365.

Event: CIGI Signature Lecture — “Between Myths and Crises: Rethinking Migration Policies” by Dr. François Crépeau

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: The CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

François Crépeau is Full Professor and holds the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. In 2011, he was appointed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants (2011-2017), by the United Nations Human Rights Council. In this capacity, he has conducted official visits to Albania, Tunisia, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Qatar and Sri Lanka.

MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Baxter, Public Affairs Coordinator, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444 ext. 7265, Email: [email protected] 

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