Jona Zyfi

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PhD student, 2018

jona.zyfi@mail.utoronto.ca


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Research Interests

Artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms in relation to immigration regulation, forced and irregular migration, the criminalization and securitization of asylum seekers, refugee protection and status determination, and the intersections of citizenship, belonging, state sovereignty/power and human rights.

Dissertation

SupervisorAudrey Macklin

Education

Honours BA in Criminology and Minors in Ethics and Psychology (Ryerson University)
MA Criminology, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, (U of T)

Biography

Jona Zyfi is a first-year PhD student at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. Born in Albania and raised in Australia, her research is motivated by her lived experience with immigration and refugee systems and processes. In 2015 Jona was selected as a top 25 SSHRC Storyteller for her research on asylum, policy and human rights in Canada. She is currently a research assistant for a project examining private refugee sponsorship from a sponsor’s perspective, and is part of a group sponsoring a Syrian family to Toronto. Outside of academia, Jona is an avid yogi, plays tennis and has also translated John Galsworthy’s The Apple Tree to her native Albanian.

Publications

Macklin, A., Barber, K., Goldring, L., Hyndman, J., Korteweg, A., Labman, S., and Zyfi.J. (2018). ‘A preliminary investigation into private refugee sponsorship’, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol. 50, No.2, pp.35-58. [Special Issue: Canada’s Syrian refugee program, intergroup relationships and identities].

(Forthcoming) Zyfi, J. and Atak, I. (2018). ‘Playing with lives under the guise of fair play: the safe country of origin policy in the EU and Canada’, Int. J. Migration and Border Studies, Vol. X, No. Y. pp.xxx-xxx.[part of Special Issue].

Zyfi, J. (2016). Syrian refugee resettlement in Canada: An auto-ethnographic account of sponsorship (Working Paper No. 2016/2). Available at http://carfms.org/wp-content/uploads/ 2016/05/CARFMS-WPS-No8-Jona-Zyfi.pdf

Presentations

Zyfi, J. (July 2018). Playing with lives under the guise of fair play: the safe country of origin policy in the EU and Canada. Presentation at the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), Thessaloniki, Greece.

Zyfi, J. (May 2018). Syrian refugee resettlement through storytelling. Presentation at the Canadian Association for Refugees and Forced Migration (CARFMS) Student Caucus, Ottawa, ON.

Zyfi, J. (November 2017). You say safe, but for who? Presentation at the American Society of Criminology (ASC), Philadelphia, USA.

Zyfi, J. (May 2017). Safe for Some, Not for Others: Europe’s Influence on Canada’s Refugee Policy. Presentation at the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), Victoria, BC.

Zyfi, J. (November 2016). Challenges in the Fight against Human Trafficking in Europe: Enhancing the Resilience of State Policy and Practice. Animated poster at the American Society of Criminology (ASC), New Orleans, USA.

Zyfi, J. & Montevirgen, M. (March 2016). #RefugeeCrisis: Analyzing Social Constructions of the Syrian Refugee Crisis Through Twitter Hashtags. Presentation at the Justice, Crime And Deviance Graduate Conference, Brantford, ON.

Zyfi, J. (May 2016). Safe Countries of Origin Concept in the EU and Canada: Policy and Human Rights Implications. Presentation at the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), Winnipeg, MB.

Zyfi, J. (June 2015). Asylum in Canada: Policy and Human Rights for Refugees. Presentation at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Congress 25 Storytellers, Ottawa, ON.

Zyfi, J. (May 2015). The Criminalization of Migration in a Canadian Context. Presentation at the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), Toronto, ON.

Zyfi, J. (March 2015). The Psychological Impacts of Sex Work. Presentation at the Ryerson University ARTeries Undergraduate Research Conference, Toronto, ON.

Invited Panels and Guest Lectures

Zyfi, J. (2018). The Refugee Youth in Law and Policy. International Student Services at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Zyfi, J. (2016). Europe’s Influence on Canada’s Designated Country of Origin Policy.
Criminology Special Topic undergraduate seminar at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Zyfi, J. (2016). Criminalization of Migration: A Focus on Detention Practices in Canada. Prosecution Process undergraduate seminar at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Zyfi, J. (2015). Wrongful Convictions: Causes and Cases. Law and Society undergraduate course at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON.

Administrative Service

Student Director (Present). The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS).

Assistant Lead (Present). Supporting Emerging Migration Scholars and Practitioners Cluster, Emerging Scholars & Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI).

Peer Reviewer (Present). Refugee Review, Emerging Scholars & Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI).

Peer Reviewer (Present). International Journal of Migration and Border Studies (IJMBS), Inderscience Journal Submissions.