"The federal government's much-anticipated Syrian refugee plan will limit those accepted into Canada to women, children and families only, CBC News has learned." (Source: CBC)
"Although protecting women and children is very important, excluding young men who are actively being recruited in the conflict and are, because of this, quite vulnerable is a real asset for Daesh. Without neglecting security issues, we should not discriminate according to prejudices and fears." - Cécile Rousseau
Dr. Cécile Rousseau, Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University
She's currently working on the Syrian arrival. Her clinical work is with refugee children and with torture victims. She also provides consultation work for health institutions and school boards on refugee children. Dr Rousseau's current research involves refugee children and adolescents from Southeast Asia, Central America and Somalia.
cecile.rousseau [at] mcgill.ca (English, French)
"Canada's plan is somewhat regretful, in that I think it panders to fear-mongering but it is understandable given what is at stake and is typical of the way governments have selected refugees historically." - Laura Madokoro
Laura Madokoro, Assistant Professor, History, McGill University
She’s interested in the histories of refugees, humanitarianism, human rights and race relations.
laura.madokoro [at] mcgill.ca (English, French)
"Réfugiés syriens: le Canada n’a pas droit à l’erreur", Le Devoir, Nov. 7, 2015