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Prof. Dr. Harald Bauder

Ryerson University, Toronto
External Senior Fellow
Marie S. Curie FCFP Fellow
Januar - August 2019


Harald Bauder is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto. He received a PhD in Geography in 1998 from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, and MA and BA degrees in Geography and Urban Studies from Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. In 2016, he Bauder received the Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award, 2016, which is Ryerson University’s highest annual research award. In 2015, he received the Konrad Adenauer Research Award, recognizing his life-time contribution to the academic and cultural exchange between the Federal Republic of Germany and Canada. Dr. Bauder has authored four book, edited or co-edited six volumes, and published 74 paper in peer-reviewed journals as well as 17 book chapters. He also contributes regularly to popular media, including the Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Süddeutsche Zeitung, The Toronto Star, and Die Zeit.

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Urban Sanctuary Policies and Solidarity Practices in Germany and Switzerland

Cities play a leading role in addressing problems that arise when people migrate. While migration has driven urban population growth and fostered innovation, cities have responded to the arrival of newcomers with new ideas of belonging and membership. One idea is the “sanctuary city”: a city that protects and includes newcomers who are denied legal status by nation states. These cities express solidarity towards migrants and refugees, provide policing, health, educational, and recreational services to residents, independent of status, and refuse to cooperate with national authorities seeking to punish, detain, and deport non-status residents.

The proposed research consists of an empirical study comparing urban sanctuary policies and solidarity practices in Germany and Switzerland. Although the label “sanctuary city” tends to be used mostly in Anglo-American cities, innovative urban approaches that work toward the inclusion of migrants and refugees without full legal status also exist in these European countries. The proposed international comparison explores the commonalities and differences in the ways in which cities approach belonging and membership in light of different national legal structures, political configurations, historical circumstances, and variable geopolitical challenges. Learning about urban approaches in countries with vastly different circumstances will help other cities in Europe and elsewhere to develop effective and novel responses to the challenges that arise when a portion of a city’s residents lack full national status.