Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada

Category: Book
By (author): Omidvar, Ratna
By (author): Wagner, Dana
Subject:  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
Publisher: Between the Lines
Published: September 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.00in
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From The Publisher*

The global number of people currently displaced from their home country?more than 50 million?is higher than at any time since World War II. Yet in recent years Canada has deported, denied, and diverted countless refugees. Is Canada a safe haven for refugees or a closed door?

In Flight and Freedom, Ratna Omidvar and Dana Wagner present a collection of thirty astonishing interviews with refugees, their descendants, or their loved ones to document their extraordinary, and sometimes harrowing, journeys of flight. The stories span two centuries of refugee experiences in Canada: from the War of 1812?where an escaped slave and her infant daughter flee the United States to start a new life in Halifax?to the War in Afghanistan?where asylum seekers collide with state scrutiny and face the challenges of resettlement.

From The Publisher*Would Canada let them in today?
Review Quote*

"A riveting collection of refugee experiences."

Review Quote*

"These stories illustrate how even democratic states are not able to protect those in danger."

Biographical Note

Ratna Omidvar is the founding Executive Director of Global Diversity Exchange, an adjunct professor at Ryerson University, and a faculty member at Carleton University. She is a member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, recognizing her advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and for her devotion to reducing inequality in Canada.