Legal and policy instruments at global and European levels increasingly emphasize the need to address the specific demands of vulnerable migrants. But what does it mean to be vulnerable? Common Law Professor Delphine Nakache is leading the Canadian section of a Horizon 2020 research project entitled "Vulnerabilities Under the Global Protection Regime: How Does the Law Assess, Address, Shape and Produce the Vulnerabilities of Protection Seekers?” (VULNER).
This 3-year project aims to analyze how the protection regimes of some countries address the "vulnerabilities" of migrants seeking protection, and how migrants' concrete experiences are affected accordingly. Professor Nakache will lead the Canadian portion of the project, which also includes Professor Dagmar Soennecken (Co-Investigator, York University), Professor François Crépeau (Co-Investigator, McGill University), Professor James Milner (Collaborator, Carleton University), Nathan Benson (Collaborator, Refugee Hub, University of Ottawa), as well as research coordinator Midori Kaga, a PhD student at the University of Ottawa.
The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 initiative, with Canadian contributions coming from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), in conjunction with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The funding opportunity is designed to support Canadian engagement with European research partners.
Congratulations to Professor Nakache and her colleagues!