"After decades of struggle, the Federal government has announced that migrant Care Workers will have work permits that will allow them to change jobs in the sector, rather than being tied to a single employer. Unlike before, the government has promised that migrant Care Workers will be able to come to Canada with their spouses and children on open work and study permits.
However, an Interim Program has been created based on Care Worker pressure to give permanent resident status to thousands of women who were excluded because of recent unfair rules. But the program is small, and does not include everyone. Care Workers will fight to ensure that as many workers as possible in Canada get their rights.
A New Caregiver Program has just been announced, but we have few details. We don’t know when it will begin, what the requirements will be, and if it will have some regressive steps back. Care Workers will keep watch. For that too, they need your support."
- Migrant Workers Alliance and the Landed Status Now Campaign
Professor Alison Mountz, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Laurier University is giving a talk on March 21, 2019 at The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Registration for the event is now open.
The talk presents research on global migration through contested border-crossings where people navigate policy, jurisdiction, and sovereignty. Mapping geographies of asylum-seeking and border enforcement reveals the creative interplay between geography, law, and public policy. While states of the Global North contain and manage human mobility by intercepting people and ships en route to their shores, people migrating from locations in the Global South must work creatively to gain access to asylum. The borderlands render legible contemporary trends and forces of global migration: the intended and unintended effects of public policy, intensified precarity, innovative technologies of interception and detention, struggles over access, debates about humanitarianism and policy design, and shifting geographies of enforcement.
According to the Guardian, nearly 8 million indigenous people in India are at danger of being evicted from forests that their ancestors have lived in for many years, under the false guise of conservation.
Several Indian wildlife and conservation organizations, such as Wildlife First, the Wildlife Trust of India, and the Tiger Research and Conservation Trust have accused the tribal people of ruining the forests’ biodiversity and "have petitioned the court to clear them from the land. Yet the 2006 Forest Rights Act gave Adivasi rights to live on and protect the land that they had been cultivating within forest boundaries."
Human rights defenders in India and international groups are fighting the order.
The University of Toronto International Health Program (UTIHP) and REACH are hosting a panel on mental health in immigrant and refugee populations on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at the University of Toronto. The event aims to shine a light on the work being done to alleviate mental health struggles in these populations, and what more can be done.
The event will be held at Ramsey Wright Room 143, located at 25 Harbord Street, Toronto ON.
Andrea Cortinois PhD: Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Co-Director, Global Migration and Health Initiative
Dr. Lisa Andermann MPhil, MD: Associate Professor in Equity, Gender and Population, Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems
Serena Nudel, MSW: Program Manager, Mental Health and Wellness at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
Lin Fang Ph.D, RSW, LCSW: Associate Professor, Director of Ph.D Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (UofT)
This event is open to all UofT students and recent grads. The event will feature a panel discussion, short presentations by the speakers, and a Q&A session afterwards.
The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy is offering a new doctoral fellowship in migrant health, which can be used to study social justice issues faced by migrant populations and approaches to addressing these issues. The fellowship is based in the school's PhD program in Community Health & Health Policy. Applicants must apply by March 15.
The Fellowship will provide a doctoral student the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with Dr. Lyndon Haviland, an internationally recognized public health expert in global health and a passionate advocate for refugees, immigrants, and young people. The Fellowship award includes full in-state tuition and an annual stipend of $35,000 for one new, incoming doctoral student.
The Queen Mary Centre for European Research is hosting the following event: The Right to Rescue: A Human Rights Defender Framework, on March 25, 2019, 18:30-20:00 at Arts One Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London.
"The so-called migration crisis that Europe has witnessed in the past years has generated much political turmoil across the continent. While a great number of refugees lose their lives on sea routes or suffer due to inhumane circumstances awaiting them along the Schengen borders, European decision-makers seem to focus increasingly on defending the Union’s frontier and less on protecting the lives of those arriving from abroad. Should the EU have a different approach putting the lives and dignity of individuals in the focus of its attention during policy making? Is the protection of human rights and the provision of security to European citizens necessarily a zero-sum game?"
Keynote Speaker: Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax, Centre for European Research, Queen Mary University of London
Discussant: Pia Oberoi, Advisor on Migration and Human Rights, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Chair: Dr Sarah Wolff, Director of the Centre for European Research, Queen Mary University of London
In partnership with the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Canada and Hart House, the Art Museum is one of the first Canadian institutions to take part in this French-initiated global, all-night event happening simultaneously in more than 50 cities. The Night of Idea's Event is taking place at the Hart House of University of Toronto on Feb 2, 2019.
One of the topics covered will be Migration and Frontiers, specifically zones of detention and dislocation.
The event is free and will run from 7 pm till 2 am.
"On Saturday, a Saudi teenager fleeing domestic abuse was offered protection in Canada. However, why was Rahaf’s case prioritized over the other precarious-status or non-status women searching for a new Canadian life free from abuse?"
An article in the Toronto Star by Dr. Stephanie J. Silverman sheds light on how there are thousands of women and children who become undocumented or non-status in Canada after escaping domestic violence. Around 20,000 to 200,000 people in Canada do not have legal immigration papers and many of them in the same situation as Rahaf's.
"The government is, at best, ignoring the claims and calls for protection for these women and their dependants and, at worst, potentially pushing them back to their abusers."
There is an upcoming learning event on undocumented Torontonians planned for Friday, February 15th (10am-12:30pm) at City Hall. The session is designed for City and community agency staff, health practitioners, and students interested in learning more about the vulnerabilities facing undocumented Torontonians. Registration is now open.
The "Open Dialogue on Vulnerability" event is collaboratively planned by the City's Specialized Program for Interdivisional Enhanced Response to Vulnerability (SPIDER), the Toronto Newcomer Office, and Toronto Public Health; the SPIDER team hosts these events monthly (more information on the series here).
We’re seeking support in organizing a National Day of Action for Healthcare for Migrants on Tuesday, February 12th at 12pm. As active members of Canada’s health community, we intend to hold our government accountable to the 180-day period designated by the UN to review national legislation, stop the denial of care to people based on immigration status, and provide justice to Nell Toussaint!
At this stage, we are looking to identify people in cities across the country who could help liaise with us in organizing an action. We will provide the materials and logistical support required for hosting the event, but need people on the ground to identify a location and spread the word. Please email email@example.com if you or anyone you know in your city would be interested in working with us to support this action.
So far, we’ve been blown away by the incredible national response from the health community to our open letter, with over 1500 individual and 80 organizational signatories in just two weeks and more pouring in! The campaign has also received widespread media coverage, including through CBC News, Toronto Star, Radio Canada International, and the Medical Post. Now we need your support of our upcoming Cross-Canada Action to keep this momentum going.
-Health Care for Migrants
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