The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the Global Migration and Health Initiative (GloMHI), are hosting the Work, Migration and Health Forum 2018.
The Forum examines the labour experiences of temporary foreign workers, new immigrants, refugees, working international students and undocumented migrants, and explores opportunities for effective interventions, including: developing responsive policies and regulations; providing accessible health care, social services, and community support; delivering workplace health and safety prevention initiatives; and fostering the engagement and empowerment of workers.
The event will take place at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (UofT) on May 8 & 9, 2018 with a Pre-Event Public Lecture on the evening of May 7, 2018. Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr. Santino Severoni of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Sara Mojtehedzadeh of the Toronto Star.
Call for Abstracts and Registration is now open! Abstracts are due on March 9 by noon.
An article published by the Toronto Star discusses how people in Canada are protesting against a 40-year-old section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that states "foreign nationals are inadmissible if their medical condition might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.”
Anna Malla, a spokesperson at Caregivers’ Action Centre said, “the fact that caregivers have to leave their families right from the beginning is the main problem. People who come here as caregivers to care for other people’s family members who are sick and disabled are then not allowed to bring their family members? That’s ironic and discriminatory.”
An article published on Telangana Today by Mazher Hussain highlights how refugees become vulnerable to criminality and are often portrayed as villains rather than victims. Hussain states "refugees could become assets to the economy of the world and the host country if they could be integrated, provided employment and opportunities to rebuild their lives."
A report by Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services highlights how racialized immigrant women in Toronto are impacted by and respond to employment precarity.
The report focuses on the experiences and voices of immigrant women facing labour market barriers.
Sharon Bala's award-winning novel, The Boat People, is about a group of 500 Sri Lankan refugees that arrive in Canada but are faced with deportation and accusations of terrorism. Bala's novel was inspired by the arrival of the MV Sun Sea.
"On August 13, 2010, the Canadian navy intercepted a rusty cargo ship called the MV Sun Sea off the coast of British Columbia. There were nearly 500 Tamil asylum-seekers onboard. They had fled Sri Lanka after the end of a long and gruesome civil war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam."
Registration for the International Refugee Rights Conference 2018 is now open. The Conference will be held in June 2018 at York University. Representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics, UNHCR representatives, government officials, refugees and migrants are invited.
The aim of the conference is to increase the effectiveness of NGOs in advocating for the rights of refugees and migrants.
The 2nd annual Queer Directions Symposium is being held to discuss current important issues in queer and sexuality studies. The focus of this year’s symposium is on issues of Queer Transnationalisms/Queer Diasporas. The panel will feature presentations from Dr.Gayatri Gopinath, Dr. Xavier Livermon, Dr. Jafari Allen and Dr. Helen Hok-Sze Leung. The forum presents an important opportunity to gain insight of the academic landscape at the intersection of queer and sexuality studies and migration studies.
The public panel will take place on March 2, 2018 at the Jackman Law Building Bennet Lecture Hall (RM P120) from 4-6 pm.
According to an article by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, pollution in India's cities has led to residents migrating back to rural lands. A study by the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health states that 2.5 million residents in India have died early as a result of pollution in 2015, exceeding any other nation.
Thus residents are migrating from urban cities to rural areas, such as on the coast or mountains.
The Public Health Woke Coalition is hosting a conference in Chicago on February 3, 2018, with the aim of offering the resources and networking options to advance the "safety, protection, and sanctuary healthcare for marginalized groups of people within the healthcare setting."
The focus of the conference will be on the health and legal challenges encountered when caring for immigrants and marginalized people.
With new restrictions on immigration and a rise in immigration enforcement by the Trump administration, immigrant families in the U.S. have experienced a shift in the political and social climate within the past year.
A new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation examines how these changes have impacted families in California and across the nation. The report, which draws on focus groups with immigrant families and interviews with paediatricians, found that immigrants from a range of backgrounds report "rising fear and anxiety that is affecting their daily lives and well-being as well as the health of their children, which are predominantly U.S.-born citizens."
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