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Craig Smith (Canada)

January 15, 2022 – March 15, 2022

Craig Damian Smith is a Senior Research Associate at the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration & Integration at Ryerson University, and an Affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University. His research examines the international politics of irregular migration, migration governance, and refugee integration, and combines qualitative field research with national and global migration data. 

Craig earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2017. His thesis, “Malignant Europeanization: Schengen, Irregular Migration, and Insecurity on Europe’s Peripheries” examined how European migration controls affected state and human security in transit states, and entailed three years of research throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Western Balkans, and Europe.

Since earning his PhD, he has acted as PI on two major projects: "Understanding Emergent Irregular Migration Systems to Canada", which explored the rapid development and expansion of irregular migration to Canada from 2016 to 2020; and “Access to Justice for Refugees: How Legal Aid and Quality of Counsel Affect Fairness & Efficiency in Canada's Asylum System.” Craig is also the inventor of “Pairity” (, a data-driven project to measure effects of social networks on refugee integration and social cohesion.


Craig is in the early stages of a project to develop a dataset of global North visa, asylum, and resettlement rates in order to examine the effects of constrained global mobility options on new intercontinental mixed migration routes to and through the Western hemisphere. Research will include field surveys in Mexican border cities.