CU in the City – Sanctuary Cities: Refuge, Citizenship, and the Politics of Belonging

About the Event

Professor Jennifer Ridgley, Department of Geography

A renewed interest in sanctuary cities has emerged in recent years as a strategy to support refugees and migrants in the context of intensifying anti-immigrant politics. In the United States, policies passed in the 1980s to support Central American refugees have been revived by local and state governments in response to President Trump’s restrictive immigration agenda.

In Canada, several cities that include Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, have declared themselves sanctuary cities, and there are active sanctuary campaigns across the country aimed at increasing access to municipal services and limiting local involvement in immigration policing. But what, exactly, is a sanctuary city? And what potential do they have for migrant justice movements? This presentation explores the history, purpose, and concrete challenges of sanctuary cities, with specific focus on their relevance to efforts to make Ottawa a more healthy, just, and inclusive city for all residents. Presented by Dr. Jennifer RidgleyDepartment of Geography.

CU in the City Lecture Series

The aim of CU in the City is to share FASS research with the community by holding research talks across Ottawa. The CU in the City series will provide opportunities for FASS faculty and students to interact with one another off campus as well as strengthen ties between FASS and the general public.

Each CU in the City event features a Carleton faculty member or student discussing a stimulating and accessible topic. An engaging question and answer session follows each lecture.

Light refreshments will be served.

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