Dr. João Velloso Receives SSHRC Grant for Research on How Serious Criminality is Processed at the IRB

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019

Common Law’s Dr. João Velloso has received an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a project entitled “Sentence severity and deportation: mapping criminality and collateral consequences of punishment at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada”.

“Serious criminality” is the most common allegation justifying the removal orders of permanent residents in Canada, representing on average 46% of all the finalized admissibility hearings at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), or roughly 1000 cases per year. But the IRB only compiles the number of outcomes under this allegation, not the types of crimes or the severity of the sentences imposed by criminal courts in such cases. Moreover, there are no academic studies covering these details. Dr. Velloso’s project will fill this existing void by providing a critical criminology and socio-legal analysis of what is processed as crime in Canada’s immigration regime.

SSHRC’s Insight Development Grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas.

Congratulations to Dr. Velloso!

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