International Refugee Rights Conference 2018

Thursday, June 7, 2018 to Saturday, June 9, 2018
York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3


International Refugee Rights Conference

IMPORTANT UPDATE: International Refugee Rights Conference Registration closes Friday 18 May

Due to overwhelming interest and participant registrations for the International Refugee Rights Conference, 7-9 June 2018, Toronto Canada, we will be closing conference registration this Friday 18 May 2018 at 5 pm (Eastern time). Unfortunately, due to capacity, we will be unable to accept registrations after this time, and no registration will be possible on-site at the conference.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the conference!

In June 2018, the Canadian Council for Refugees invites non-governmental organizations and others to attend an international conference in Toronto designed to enhance effectiveness in promoting the human rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants.

When:     7-9 June 2018

Where:    York University, Toronto, Canada

Who:       Representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics, government officials, UNHCR representatives, refugees and vulnerable migrants. Special attention will be given to representation from the Global South.

Why:       Refugee advocates, academics and others need to learn from each other and strategize across borders, in order to better meet the evolving needs of refugees. The goal of the conference will be to enhance the effectiveness of NGOs in promoting the human rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants.

What: The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues facing refugees and other vulnerable migrants.

Objectives of the Conference:

  • To promote ongoing cross-border networking, knowledge-exchange, strategizing and collaboration among NGOs committed to the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants, and between NGOs and academics.
  • To enhance NGO advocacy for better global protection for refugees and vulnerable migrants, including by giving input into the Global Compacts on refugees and migrants.
  • To enhance efforts to educate and engage the public, in order to energize support for policies respecting the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants.
  • To increase knowledge of the inter-connections between policies and practices affecting refugees and migrants in different regions of the world.
  • To support the development of NGOs in the Global South committed to the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants.
  • To support the inclusion of the voices of refugees and vulnerable migrants in discussions concerning them.


Click here for a one-page overview of the conference program, including workshop scheduling.

Network with participants from around the globe!

The International Refugee Rights Conference will feature a number of speakers from all parts of the world, including South Korea, Tanzania, Argentina, Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico, Israel, Malaysia, Kenya, Guatemala, Colombia, Uganda, Costa Rica, Afghanistan and Ecuador.


Online registration is open.

Información en español

Para información en español, haga clic aquí

About the International Refugee Rights Conference (pamphlet)

Options to contribute financially to the conference, including buying a page in the program: funding options

Conferencia internacional sobre los derechos de los refugiados (information in Spanish)

About the Canadian Council for Refugees (pamphlet)