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Nathan Benson is the Legal and Research Director at the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub, leading the Hub’s research, policy, and law portfolio. He is a collaborator in the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN) and the Sustainable Practices of Integration (SPRING) consortium and is co-leading a project on Canada’s Role in the Global Refugee Regime.
A lawyer by training, Mr. Benson co-founded and led the Refugee Hub’s public interest legal interventions clinic at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (2017–20) and serves on the litigation committee of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL). He is the former National Director of the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, a former legal counsel with the Department of Justice Canada, and has previously worked in senior strategy, communications, and policy roles.
The number of people who have been forcibly displaced has grown to unprecedented levels. While the global refugee protection regime has come under incredible strain as a result, states have also shown creativity in the design of resettlement programs and complementary pathways. This report takes stock of these programs worldwide, identifies opportunities to scale them up, and assesses barriers that have hindered growth.