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June 15, 2017
For Immediate Release

Waterloo – World Refugee Day is held annually on June 20.

The following Laurier experts are available to comment on refugees and issues of asylum and immigration:

Heidi Ahonen is professor of Music Therapy in Laurier’s Faculty of Music and director of the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research. She is currently working with traumatized individuals such as the refugee population using clinical improvisation and guided imagery and music. Contact information: hahonen@wlu.ca.

Bree Akesson, assistant professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, is an expert on international child protection. Her research has explored topics of children and families affected by war and the parenting practices of refugee families living in northern Lebanon. Contact information: bakesson@wlu.ca.

Jenna Hennebry, director of the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) located at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Communication Studies and School of International Policy and Governance, is an expert in international migration policies and trends. Her research projects have focused on migrant rights, health and social protection, gender and migration, the role of non-state actors in migration governance, remittances and development, transnationalism, securitization and media representation. Contact information: jhennebry@wlu.ca.

Colleen Loomis, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Psychology, is an expert on early childhood education, and the psychological sense of community and belonging. Contact information: cloomis@wlu.ca. Alison Mountz, professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, is an expert on migration and refugee studies, asylum, detention, as well as border studies and border enforcement. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Migration. Contact information: amountz@wlu.ca.

Kim Rygiel, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Political Science and School of International Policy and Governance, is an expert on citizenship politics, migration and asylum, and border security. Contact information: krygiel@wlu.ca.

Margaret Walton Roberts, professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, is a human geographer who focuses on international migration. She is associate dean of Laurier’s School of International Policy and Governance and associate director of the International Migration Research Centre. Contact: mwaltonroberts@wlu.ca.

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E: kcrowley@wlu.ca
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