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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Vera Tolari (Colegio Bilingüe New Horizons) vs. Opposition: Athena Matin-aw (University of San Jose-Recoletos)

Judge: Mike Davis (James Madison University)

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  • Vera Tolari
    Vera Tolari

    Athena Matin-aw
    Athena Matin-aw
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    Posted at May 26, 2020 05:57:22AM EST by Vera Tolari



    - Frances Nicholson and Judith Kumin 2017 (Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, "A guide to international refugee protection and building state asylum systems, Handbook for Parliamentarians N° 27, 2017")

    - Stephanie Degooyer and Alastair Hunt 05/03/2018 ([!!!!!!!], Public Books, "The Right To Have Rights")

    - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 20/06/2019 ("Global trends in forced displacement")

    - Simone Young 06/20/2017 (Brookings Institution, "In our backyard: The Caribbean’s statelessness and refugee crisis")

    - Zach Hindin and Mario Ariza 05/23/2016 (The Atlantic, "When Nativism Becomes Normal: The Source of the Western Hemisphere's Worst Refugee Crisis")

    - Erika Guevara-Rosas 06/15/2016 (Amnesty International, "Haiti/Dominican Republic: Reckless deportations leaving thousands in limbo")

    - Janet Phillips 01/14/2011 (Australia Department of Parliamentary Services, "Asylum seekers and refugees: what are the facts?")

    - UK Refugee Council 2019 ("The truth about asylum")

    - Pavel Dramski 07/2017 ([PhD, Senior Economist], New American Economy Research Fund, "On the Clock: How Immigrants Fill Gaps in the Labor Market by Working Nontraditional Hours")

    - William N. Evans and Daniel Fitzgerald 06/2017 (National Bureau of Economic Research, "The Economic and Social Outcomes of Refugees in the United States: Evidence from the ACS")

    - Leigh Buchanan 05/2015 (Inc. Magazine "American Entrepreneurship Is Actually Vanishing. Here's Why")

    - Tim Breene and Scott Arbeiter 07/25/2019 (The Washington Post, "Trump’s refugee policies are damaging American cities")

    Thank you!

    Posted at May 27, 2020 04:15:31AM EST by Athena Matin-aw




    Desilver, Drew. May 14, 2019. (Editor at Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank). “Despite global concerns about democracy, more than half of countries are democratic”

    Amir Paz-Fuchs. April 2008. (Lawyer and Programme Director). The Social Contract Revisited- Plucking the Goose: The Role of Taxation in the Modern Social Contract. The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society in affiliation with The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford.

    Ruaudel, Héloïse & Morrison-Métois, Sussana. September 2017. (Project research consultant, and policy analyst at the DAC Network on Development Evaluation, respectively). Responding to Refugee Crises in Developing Countries, an OECD Working Paper.

    Ruaudel, Héloïse & Zetter, Roger. September 2016. (Consultant and Researcher - Humanitarian and Development, and Professor Emeritus of Refugee Studies at the University of Oxford, respectively. KNOMAD is a global hub of knowledge and policy expertise on migration and development.) Refugees’ Right to Work and Access to Labor Markets – An Assessment.

    International Labour Organization Regional Office for the Arab States. 2014. ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF SYRIAN REFUGEES IN LEBANON AND THEIR EMPLOYMENT PROFILE (2013).


    Library of Congress. June 21, 2016. Refugee Law and Policy: Sweden.

    Browne, Rachel. December 31, 2019. (National Online Journalist Politics Reporter). What’s next for Canadian refugee policies in 2020.

    Beuze, Jean-Nicolas. November 20, 2019. (UNCHR). Canada and Refugees: An enduring relationship in need of a renewed commitment.

    The Canadian Press. June 21, 2019. Canada resettled more refugees than any other country in 2018, UN says.

    Sorry for my voice, if there’s any part you find inaudible- the script is posted in the comments section of my video on youtube. Thank you!

    Posted at May 28, 2020 05:58:44AM EST by Vera Tolari



    Citations additional to those referenced from opening


    - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 28/09/2017 ("Assessing the contribution of refugees to the development of their host countries")

    - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 2018 ("Global Trends")

    Posted at May 29, 2020 03:11:55AM EST by Athena Matin-aw



    Natalie Muller. July 28, 2016.

    Steve Chao. November 21, 2014.

    Humans Right Watch. June 13, 2011.

    Michael Rubin. October 20, 2016.


    KNOMAD is a global hub of knowledge and policy expertise on migration and development.) Refugees’ Right to Work and Access to Labor Markets – An Assessment.

    Thank you !

    Posted at May 30, 2020 05:41:13AM EST by Vera Tolari



    - Human Rights Watch 04/18/2020 ("Malaysia: Allow Rohingya Refugees Ashore")

    - J. Edward Taylor, Mateusz J. Filipski, Mohamad Alloush, Anubhab Gupta, Ruben Irvin Rojas Valdes, and Ernesto Gonzalez-Estrada (National Academy of Sciences and Cornell University, "Economic Impact of Refugees")

    - Katie Kuschminder and Khalid Koser 12/13/2016 ([European University Institute and UN University], The Conversation, "Why don’t refugees just stay in Turkey or Greece? We asked them")

    - BBC News 07/15/2016 ("Why don't Syrian refugees stay in Turkey?")


    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 30, 2020 11:02:46PM EST by Mike Davis

    Category Vera Tolari Athena Matin-aw
    Use of evidence: 3.8 3.7
    Delivery skill: 3.4 4.3
    Coherence of arguments: 4 4.8
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.4 4.8
    Identification of key points: 2.5 5.6
    Comments: I think you could work on clarity some. Your sentences tend to run together so some sign posting would help you out significantly.

    I also think you need to do more to frame the resolution. Why does the long term success of the program prove the resolution true.
    Good job framing the resolution from the beginning.

    I think you could make some "if then" arguments regarding even if you lose the framing argument you should still win the debate because of the abuse refugees suffer in some nations.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Athena Matin-aw

    Reason for Decision:

    I end up voting for the opposition because she does a much better job explaining the unconditional portion of the debate.

    Two ways the proposition could have helped her case. First, arguments about how the current system does not have enough capacity because nations are not taking enough refugees. If Canada or Sweden can take more refugees that neighboring countries where they end up then those neighboring countries should not have that obligation.

    Second, the proposition could have talked about nation states generally. She lets the opposition force her into the position to defend all states.

    The framing the the resolution makes this a pretty clear opposition ballot.

    I also think in the substance of the debate that the opposition is ahead because refugees are treated poorly. Even the proposition argument that they help the local economy is countered by the argument that they only benefit the economy because of how poorly they are treated.

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