Migrants, Muslims and the Future of Democracy

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

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Tuesday, April 30, 20195:00PM - 7:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
1 Devonshire Place
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Islam and Global Affairs Initiative

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Nine minutes before attacking two mosques and killing 50 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, the shooter released a 73-page manifesto outlining his anti-immigration and white supremacist agenda. World leaders condemned the terrorist attack, but continue to face serious questions about their own immigration and border security policies at home.

Across North America and Europe, migration is a point of fierce debate. Proponents argue that immigrants make a positive social, economic, and cultural impact, while others express concerns that unchecked migration threatens security and jobs.

Exploiting this reasonable debate are white extremist groups that frame migration as a “race war” and declare that Muslims should be purged. These radicalized white extremists have developed globalized digital networks that have inspired horrifying terrorist attacks in Oslo, Quebec City, and Christchurch.

Has the democratic debate about migration become irreversibly securitized? How can analysts and policymakers reasonably and responsibly debate immigration policies, without fuelling dangerous anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim extremism? What does the hard evidence have to say about the effects of migration on the future of democracy?
To answer these pressing questions, the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative at the Munk School presents a dynamic panel discussion with renowned experts.

Chris Cochrane is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is the author of Left and Right: The Small World of Political Ideas (MQUP, 2015) and co-author of Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches (Nelson, 2014). His current research looks at ideology, political disagreement, and anti-immigrant sentiment in Canada and other democratic countries.

Doug Saunders is a distinguished author and award-winning journalist with a regular column with The Globe and Mail. An expert on migration and international affairs, he is the author of the acclaimed books “The Myth of the Muslim Tide” (2012) and “Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not Enough” (2017).

Naseem Mithoowani is a prominent Canadian lawyer, who served as co-counsel for Zunera Ishaq, a Muslim woman who challenged the legality of a policy requiring her to remove her facial covering at a citizenship oath ceremony. Naseem has lectured at the University of Toronto on the human rights of women and minorities, and helped develop a specialized seminar to help Muslim women to identify and report hate crimes.

Aisha Ahmad (moderator) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is the author of Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power (Oxford UP, 2017). She has conducted research in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Kenya, Mali, Lebanon, and Iraq on the economics of jihadist insurgencies.


Speakers

Chris Cochrane
Speaker
Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Toronto

Naseem Mithoowani
Speaker
Lawyer, Waldman & Associates

Doug Saunders
Speaker
Journalist, International Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Aisha Ahmad
Moderator
Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Toronto



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