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Raluca Bejan

Raluca Bejan is an assistant professor of social work at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. She has a PhD and a MSW from the University of Toronto, and a BA in political sciences from Lucian Blaga University, Romania. She was a former visiting academic at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, UK, in 2016 and 2018.

Blog - Raluca Bejan November 9
Migrant workers in Virginia. Image: Bread for the World​/Flickr
Tracy Glynn | A new partnership between researchers from Dalhousie University, St. Thomas University and Cooper Institute is seeking to interview temporary foreign workers about their experiences during COVID-19.
Blog - Raluca Bejan May 4
Migrant farmworkers in southern Quebec in 2014. Image: BEVNorton/Flickr
Raluca Bejan | Either migrant workers should have access to permanent residency so they can benefit from the same rights as the resident population, or the TFW program should be scrapped altogether.
Blog - Raluca Bejan April 16
More than 2,000 people gathered in Cluj on April 9 at the city's main airport, flying to Germany as seasonal workers. Image: Emanuel Roşu/Twitter
Raluca Bejan | If people are good enough to work they should be good enough to be cared for.
Blog - Raluca Bejan March 28
Image: Governor Tom Wolfe/Flickr
Raluca Bejan | Lack of public investment forces governments to resort to private provision of supplies. And Canada did turn to the private market to address COVID-19 testing shortages.
Blog - Raluca Bejan March 16
Image: Governor Tom Wolf/Flickr
Raluca Bejan | Lack of tests kits is a structural problem and one that Canada could have avoided if it had been taking things more seriously beginning in December. After all, it had three full months to prepare.
Blog - Raluca Bejan January 14
Image: Hossein Mersadi/Wikimedia Commons
Raluca Bejan | Canada's approach to immigration has made the crash less about those who died and more about Canada. Canada, not the victims and their families, is portrayed as having suffered the real loss.
Blog - Raluca Bejan December 2
Image: feck_aRt_post/Flickr
Raluca Bejan | The social determinants of health are the strongest predictors of individual health and mortality. With the collapse of social welfarism, matters of life and death have been left to the market.
Blog - Raluca Bejan October 8
Image: Raluca Bejan
Raluca Bejan | The underlying assumption is that the East Coast is perpetually subsidized by Ontario and the West. Yet I wonder how many Ontarians would put up with a pulp mill in downtown Elora or Picton.
Blog - Raluca Bejan September 3
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Raluca Bejan | A Greek neighbourhood home to refugees and asylum seekers was raided by police about a week ago. Raluca Bejan speaks with academic and essayist George Souvlis about the political context.
Blog - Raluca Bejan July 2
Screenshot of web search for the word "whiteness"
Raluca Bejan | The presumption that there is a universal, global process of racial formation is conceptually and historically flawed.
Blog - Raluca Bejan May 15
As seen from Amzei Square. Photo: Raluca Bejan
Raluca Bejan | Transnational consumerism blends into unimaginable forms in Romania to populate the market.
Blog - Raluca Bejan February 27
Gillette packaging. Photo: Terry Donaghe/Flickr
Raluca Bejan | Corporations have always found ways to capitalize on the political climate. Now we're seeing Gillette and Canada Goose commodifying social justice to find new markets.
Blog - Raluca Bejan September 24
Raluca Bejan | The push for de-colonial education is oftentimes a matter of political performativity. So is the "benevolent" act of the compassionate agent who "allows" the colonized to tell their colonizing story.
Blog - Raluca Bejan July 24
Photo of Anwar Nillufary by Raluca Bejan
Raluca Bejan | That someone is kept in a country he did not choose, where one cannot access integration services and where availability of such services is limited, goes contrary to respecting refugees' needs.
Blog - Raluca Bejan August 24
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Mark Dixon
Raluca Bejan | Charlottesville is symbolically representative of the troubled state of the American society.
Blog - Raluca Bejan July 31
Syrian refugees protest at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Mstyslav Chernov​
Raluca Bejan | Last week, Advocate General Yves Bot dismissed the claims of Hungary and Slovakia against the EU refugee relocation scheme.
Blog - Raluca Bejan July 6
Anwar Nillufary
Raluca Bejan | On Friday, July 7, 2017, Anwar starts his 108th day of protest: 64 days of hunger strike plus 44 days of regular protest on the doorstep of the UNHCR in Athens.
Blog - Raluca Bejan April 8
Raluca Bejan | The soda company's new ad, which was pulled this week after a public outcry, shows that diversity and social activism can be sold like any other product.
Blog - Raluca Bejan March 31
Raluca Bejan | Shedding light onto Ivanka’s complicity takes away from the complicity of American people on the matter.
Blog - Raluca Bejan January 31
Photo credit Andreea-Iorga Curpan
Raluca Bejan | Trump's "Muslim ban" is about keeping and protecting jus sanguinis Americaness.
Blog - Raluca Bejan January 23
Raluca Bejan | Ideologically, we are not in an era where "pussy grabbing" could ever get institutionalized. Yet aggressive immigration enforcement and a registry of Muslim residents could be written into the law.
Blog - Raluca Bejan November 12
Raluca Bejan | A review of the "capital, debt, territory, utopia" exhibit hosted by the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.
Blog - Raluca Bejan October 20
Image: Flickr/Ted Eytan
Raluca Bejan | If claims for equality, diversity and 'that kind of thing' are ideological, so is the position of ignoring them.
Blog - Raluca Bejan July 22
Melania Trump
Raluca Bejan | Cold War reminiscences are always about denigrating the former Soviet Bloc. Yet, despite the many faults of that system, education was not one of them.
Blog - Raluca Bejan June 25
Raluca Bejan | Brexit was not for the EU nor against it. It was about British citizens representing their common and shared belonging, and about the affirmation of such belonging.
Blog - Raluca Bejan June 9
Raluca Bejan | Hotel Dallas is a documentary addressing everything, anything and nothing in the same time.
Blog - Raluca Bejan May 30
Raluca Bejan | In a time where U.K. universities just registered up to £1 billion in budgetary surplus, the one per cent increase rejected by UCU does not even seem much of an increase.
Blog - Raluca Bejan January 20
Raluca Bejan | My thinking does not come from a comparative compromise to maleness. It comes from my own head. The head that situates itself above my shoulders and the head that I would like to keep straight.
Blog - Raluca Bejan December 11
Raluca Bejan | The People's Climate Summit, an alternative response to COP21, took place in Montreuil, Paris. It was hosted by Coalition Climat 21, a network of over 130 civil society organizations.
Blog - Raluca Bejan September 3
Raluca Bejan, Santiago Escobar | There is a clear need to evaluate our law-making and law-producing system vis-à-vis these ready-made ideas of "corporate veil," "corporate identity" and "corporate separateness."