28 May 2014 - 12:00pm to 28 May 2014 - 1:30pm

Brock University, Ontario

"The End of Settler Societies and the New Politics of Immigration"
A Trudeau Lecture by 2012 fellow Catherine Dauvergne (University of British Columbia) 

This lecture was held at Brock University within the context of the annual congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as part of the Big Thinking Lecture series. 

There is no longer any basis, other than history, for saying that settler societies are different in regard to migration than other Western liberal democracies.  Instead, a global convergence in migration policies has emerged, and with it a new, mean-spirited, politics of immigration. This change is vitally important at a time when the global pace of migration is higher than ever, and migration aspirations even higher.  It is now evident that the idea of a settler society, previously an important landmark in understanding migration, is a thing of the past.

What are the consequences of this change for how we imagine immigration?  And for how we regulate it?  In her Trudeau /Big Thinking lecture, Trudeau Fellow Catherine Dauvergne examines key dimensions of this dramatic shift in the response to the movement of people – dimensions such as the crisis of asylum, the fear of fundamental Islam, and the demise of multiculturalism.  She also stakes out the contours of the new politics of immigration in a post post-colonial era, where the values of both settlement and society are lost, and immigration regulation proceeds as if the past were unknown.

A lunch reception to followed.

Catherine Dauvergne

One of Canada’s foremost authorities on refugee and immigration law, Professor Dauvergne is committed to transforming how Canada and other countries deal with refugees in a perspective of global justice.

2012 Fellows