The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new report called Women on the move: migration, care work and health. The report focuses on care workers, which consist mostly of migrant women, who are working in informal home settings. While these women make great contributions to public health in several nations, they face barriers to accessing care, health risks, and have limited labour and social protections.
The report examines the lives of these migrant women care workers as well as the condition for their households left behind.
The Newcomer Students’ Association at Ryerson University is holding their first annual Immigrant, Refugee and International Students Conference on November 25, 2017. The conference will include panel discussions exploring the various factors influencing the experiences of migrants and newcomers.
The daylong conference will be addressing important questions such as: "What are the challenges for migrants, refugees, and international students entering a Canadian university? How does the media shape our perception of migrant stories? What are the opportunities for women who are newcomers to assume leadership roles?"
The conference will be held at the Ryerson University Student Centre from 9 am to 8 pm. Admission is free.
A few weeks ago, a 50 year old women died in a Canadian Detention camp. According to a CBC News Article, the woman was detained at the Vanier Centre for Women by Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). The woman was the tenth person to die in Canadian immigration detention in the past five years. The CBSA has the ability to arrest and place in prison foreign nationals under the current immigration law. According to critics, essential policy changes need to occur in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
"People keep dying in immigration holding centres and maximum-security prisons," said Nisha Toomey, spokesperson for End Immigration Detention Network, a human rights organization.
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.”
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