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Maggie Perzyna

EducationLLB, Osgoode Hall, York University and MA, Immigration & Settlement Studies, Toronto Metropolitan University

Maggie Perzyna has an LLB from Osgoode Hall and recently completed her MA in Immigration & Settlement Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University (2020). Her Major Research Paper looked at the discursive similarities between the ways in which 'irregular asylum seekers' and Indigenous 'protesters' are depicted in the popular news media. Maggie is currently working on a collaborative project with Dr. Sandeep Agrawal at the University of Alberta which examines the matching criteria used by the IRCC to resettle Government Assisted Refugees. 

Maggie's current research leverages her work experience in Toronto’s restaurant industry to study the impact of COVID-19 on immigrants working in hospitality. She is also the lead on the COVID-19 Immigration Policy Tracker project, external link, opens in new window which has cataloged the federal government’s immigration policy innovations during the pandemic through an online database. Maggie is the host of podcast Borders & Belonging, a CERC Migration and openDemocracy co-production that aims to dispel myths about migration based on academic research.

Recent publications

With Akbar, M., Ellis, C., Monteiro, S., Nalbandian, L., & Smith, C. D (2022). PDF fileImmigration policy ‘on the fly’: A critical review of pandemic policymaking in Canada. Working paper.

With Agrawal, S. (2022). Making the Match: Understanding the Destining Process of Government-Assisted Refugees in Canada, external linkJournal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies.

(2022). It’s not just that Canadian restaurant workers have left — many have yet to arrive., external link The Conversation

With Bauder, H. (20220. Threats from within and threats from without: Wet’suwet’en protesters, irregular asylum seekers and on-going settler colonialism in Canada., external link Settler Colonial Studies, 1-25.

(2020/15). PDF fileThe Substance of Solidarity: What the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Says About the Global Refugee Regime