Refugees and Borders: Remapping the World We Think We Know Webinar


Refugees and Borders: Remapping the World We Think We Know Webinar

Borders are first imagined and then built. What we think borders can do is shaped by the stories we tell. What is your border story?

This free webinar begins with a virtual screening of Borderstory, a Worn Words short documentary and dialogue-opener about what the word ‘border’ means to us. Following the film, cross-sector experts will engage questions as part of a panel discussion on the word ‘border’ and give concrete suggestions for policy and law. Participants are invited to ask honest questions and participate in dialogue based on personal experience and collective curiosity. As global and country citizens, we’ll imagine incremental ways our idea of ‘border” can increasingly become more human-centred and benefit the safety needs of people seeking refuge while honouring the practical need for boundaries.


This event will be moderated by Saleem Spindari, Senior Manager of the Refugees and Migrant Workers Program at MOSAIC.


Hassan Al Kontar – known as the Man from the airport, a former Syrian refugee living in Canada, and refugee activist.

·Bio | Twitter: @Kontar81

Efrat Arbel – UBC law professor, examines legal rights in liminal spaces like borders, detention centres, and prisons.

·Bio | Twitter: @earbel

Kristi Pinderi – LGBTQ+ Support Worker at DIVERSEcity and refugee advocate / activist living in Metro Vancouver.

·Bio | Twitter: @KristPinderi

Edward Alden – American journalist, author, and the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

·Bio | Twitter: @edwardalden

Carlo Handy Charles – Doctoral scholar researching migration, sexuality, and race at McMaster University and Université des Antilles.

·Bio | Twitter: @carlo_handy


Event Details


  • Sat, 5 Dec 2020, 2:00 pm –
  • Sat, 5 Dec 2020, 4:00 pm
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