Refugee Lab in the Media

Facial recognition technology ‘fundamentally undemocratic,’ says Angus as critics wary of political use

July 28, 2021

Refugee Law Lab Associate Director Petra Molnar is quoted in a Hill Times piece about the Canada Border Services Agency’s experiment with facial recognition technology at Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

Facial recognition technology ‘fundamentally undemocratic,’ says Angus as critics wary of political use

Ottawa tested facial recognition on millions of travellers at Toronto’s Pearson airport in 2016

July 19, 2021

Refugee Law Lab Associate Director Petra Molnar is featured in a Globe and Mail article about the growing prevalence of surveillance technology at Canada’s border. 

Ottawa tested facial recognition on millions of travellers at Toronto’s Pearson airport in 2016 – The Globe and Mail

New Border Tech: Interview with Petra Molnar

July 15, 2021

In this Al Jazeera interview, Dr. Petra Molnar, Associate Director at the Refugee Law Lab, discusses the increasing deployment of new surveillance technologies in border control settings – at the expense of human rights, human dignity and the international right to seek asylum.

Invasive, automated surveillance systems to be introduced within refugee camps in Greece

June 7, 2021

According to Petra Molnar, associate director at York University’s Refugee Law Lab, who visited refugee camps in Lesbos last year, the use of intense surveillance “strengthens that link between migrants as people who bring diseases and all of that, and bodies who must be managed, surveilled and kept under control.

Dr. Molnar worries that contact-tracing mobile apps and other “biosurveillance” methods will soon be required for refugees crossing all EU borders, becoming what she calls “tools of oppression.”

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-invasive-automated-surveillance-systems-to-be-introduced-within/

Clear safeguards needed around technology planned for border checkpoints

May 5, 2021, written by Jamie Liew and Petra Molnar

Automated systems can affect decision-making for things like immigration and refugee applications.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-technology-border-canada-1.6005907

Moria 2.0: The EU’s sandbox for surveillance technologies

March 31, 2021

https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/opinion/moria-2-0-the-eus-sandbox-for-surveillance-technologies/

‘They can see us in the dark’: migrants grapple with hi-tech fortress EU

March 26, 2021

A powerful battery of drones, thermal cameras and heartbeat detectors are being deployed to exclude asylum seekers

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/mar/26/eu-borders-migrants-hitech-surveillance-asylum-seekers

Technology is the new border enforcer, and it discriminates

November 23, 2020

Tech solutions have not made border control more objective or humane, but rather more dangerous.

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/11/23/technology-is-the-new-border-enforcer-and-it-discriminates

UN warms of impact of smart borders on rerugees: ‘Data collection isn’t apolitical’

November 11, 2020

Special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia believes there is a misconception that biosurveillance technology is without bias.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/nov/11/un-warns-of-impact-of-smart-borders-on-refugees-data-collection-isnt-apolitical

Dispatch from a refugee camp during the COVID-19  pandemic

October 13, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic first appeared, and we were preoccupied with bread-baking and Tiger King, it was talked about as the great equalizer, a moment to bring us all together.

Yet as we enter the eighth month of this global crisis, it becomes increasingly clear that we’re hardly “in this together.”

https://theconversation.com/dispatch-from-a-refugee-camp-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-146976