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Sarah Ghabrial

Historian and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Sarah Ghabrial a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in History at Columbia University in New York.
Library and Archives Canada

Stephen Harper's Citizenship Overhaul Heir to Chilling History of Exclusion

The photo of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach awakened many voters to the human cost of our hardened, fear-based approach to immigration and foreign policy. But equally important and more difficult to acknowledge is the way the refugee crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on the question of who "we" are, and how our laws make us. To understand the anemic Canadian response to the refugee crisis, we must place it in the context of a broader policy overhaul that has radically reshaped the meaning of citizenship in Canada.
09/17/2015 05:18 EDT