Our new blog ECHOES features an original contribution by Professor Warren Dodd and Ms. Amy Kipp where they discuss migration from rural Honduras and the role on investment in increasing opportunities for educated youth. In their article, they describe how 97% of the graduating class was planning to migrate away from the community.
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The final report of the Trans Latinas Rompiendo Barreras (TLRB) project is now available.
The TLRB project was a collaboration between members of the trans Latina community in Toronto, practitioners at the Centre for the Spanish Speaking Peoples (CSSP), students and researchers from the Global Migration and Health Initiative (GloMHI) and the University of Toronto.
Given the radical forms of exclusion experienced by trans Latina individuals in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), this program represents a collective search for community resilience through meaningful learning, the promotion of supportive relationships, increased access to resources, and practices of self-care. The project was made up of two main activities, a series of twelve bi-weekly workshops and a monthly self-care and peer advocacy (SPA) drop-in group organized by workshop graduates.
According to a report by the University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Program (IHRP), Invisible Citizens: Canadian Children in Immigration Detention, Canada has housed over 200 Canadian children in detention in Toronto’s Immigration Holding Centre since 2011, as well as hundreds of formally detained non-Canadian children.
The report recommends that "Canada urgently implement alternatives to the detention of children rather than confining them in immigration detention facilities or separating them from their detained parents."
A new report by GloMHI Members Dr. Uttam Bajwa and Dr. Denise Gastaldo along with Dr. Erica Di Ruggeiro explores the rapidly growing gig economy and reveals new insights on how online platform-mediated work has the potential to transform the future of work and health in Canada and internationally.
In the context of the rise of digital platform businesses, “gigs” are short-term, temporary contracts that are typically low paid and provide no training, health, or retirement benefits. More and more Canadians are participating in the gig economy, a trend with significant health implications, especially related to precarious work and income insecurity –major predictors of disease.
According to the report, Towards an Understanding of Workers in the Global Gig Economy, measuring the size of the gig economy is challenging because the work is largely invisible and not captured by existing labour market statistics and economic indicators.
The report provides frameworks for approaching gig worker vulnerabilities, underscores the importance of exploring the knowledge gaps, and the need for further research on the social, economic, and health implications of gig work.
A new UNHCR Report, Desperate Journeys, offers a brief overview of trends of movements by refugees and migrants to and through Europe in 2017. It also calls attention to various important protection challenges related with these desperate journeys and concludes with recommendations.
The report notes that sea arrivals to Italy, majority from Libya, have decreased greatly since July of 2017. “Journeys to and through Europe for refugees and migrants remain fraught with danger,” said Pascale Moreau, Director of UNHCR's Europe Bureau.
A new report released by the World Bank, titled "Groundswell-Preparing for Internal Climate Migration", highlights how without immediate global and national climate action, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America will have over 140 million people move within their countries’ borders by 2050.
The report shifts the focus from cross-border migration to internal migration. It focuses on three case studies: Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Mexico.
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."
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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