The Coalition for Migrant Workers Rights Canada (CMWRC) has submitted an open letter to Canada's parliamentary committee calling for an end to discrimination against disabled people.
The letter reads:
"We call on the Federal Government to immediately remove the “excessive demand” clause and other disablist regulations from the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and to ensure the fair treatment of migrant workers and their family members who have been impacted by them.
Section 38(1)(c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act excludes disabled people, including people living with HIV, and some trans people, from Canada. Section 38(1)(c) allows for an applicant to be rejected by providing the basis to reject an applicant if they or their family member “might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.”
The “excessive demand” clause prevents disabled people from immigrating to Canada, and denies citizenship to people who have become disabled while working in Canada as part of federal temporary work schemes."
According to an article published by The Guardian, the government of Papua New Guinea has told the 421 refugees and asylum seekers left at the Manus Island detention centre that they must leave today or they will be forcibly removed. The men left in the camp have spent thirteen days without electricity, running water, consistent food supplies and medication. 100 men have already left the centre voluntarily for the new "unfinished and uninhabitable" accommodation. However, the remaining men don't want to move because they don't feel safe in the Lorengau community they are being pressured to shift to.
The UN Refugee Agency has called the situation inside the offshore Australian detention centre a 'humanitarian emergency'.
An article published by the Guardian, highlights how millions of people will be displaced in the next decade as a result of climate change, creating the worlds 'biggest refugee crisis'.
The article refers to a report by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), which claims that climate change had a role in the build up to the Syrian war, as droughts resulted in 1.5 million people to migrate to the country. While the report emphasizes the impact of climate change on Africa and the Middle East, it also discusses how severe weather changes-such as the recent hurricanes in the US-demonstrate how wealthy countries are not unaffected by climate change.
EJF executive director, Steve Trent, stated: “In our rapidly changing world climate change – and its potential to trigger both violent conflict and mass migration – needs to be considered as an urgent priority for policymakers and business leaders alike.”
The University of Toronto's International Human Rights Program (IHRP) and several human rights groups, such as Amnesty International and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, have prepared a joint submission on 'Rights Violations Associated with Canada’s Treatment of Vulnerable Persons in Immigration Detention.' The submission has been sent to the United Nations in hopes of raising awareness about Canada's treatment of immigration detainees, especially children and people with mental health conditions.
The Human Rights Watch has endorsed the submission's recommendations. Some of the recommendations include:
HealthEquityGuide.org compiles 25+ case studies of how health departments are taking action on racial and social justice have advanced health equity in the United States.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has released Volume 3 of the Fatal Journeys Report. The IOM has recorded over 22,500 migrants deaths and disappearances globally since 2014. The focus of this volume is on improving data on missing migrants. The report provides an international review on current data sources, and highlights the urgency for advancement in the ways that data on missing migrants is collected, analyzed and shared.
As part of the 'Experts to Watch' series, the website Refugees Deeply profiles eleven of the leading thinkers on refugee health, including GloMHI's Dr. Branka Agic.
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Current socio-political changes in Western Europe and the U.S. have greatly limited the rights of refugees and migrants. On October 9-11, a free online conference will be held to explore the ethical, legal, philosophical, and social problems related to refugee and migrant health in a world of economic, geopolitical, and psychological borders.
For registration and other information about the conference, click here.
This year's The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report has been collectively prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. The report highlights the links between climate change, environmental degradation, migration and food insecurity. As a result of the increase in conflict and climate-related shocks, such as droughts and floods, food security will be impacted.
The report mentions how a new WFP study found that countries with high levels of food insecurity and armed conflict have the greatest outward refugee migration. According to the study, refugee outflows increase by 1.9% with each extra year of food insecurity.
A recent report from Anjum Sultana of the Wellesley Institute sheds light on the role that citizenship plays in the social determinants of health.
To download the full report, click HERE
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