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.
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), Sara Mojtehedzadeh of the Toronto Star, Nadira Begum from Access Alliance and Basak Yanar of the Institute for Work and Health (IWH).
The Guardian reports that Amber Rudd has quit her position as home secretary after "repeatedly struggling to explain her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush generation migrants."
In her resignation letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May, Rudd stated she is resigning because after reviewing the officials advice, she now agrees that she should have been "aware that the Home Office had targets for the removal of illegal immigrants."
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will be screening the film, Human Flow, on April 23 at Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on refugee and migration issues with experts and aid workers from Doctors Without Borders, who will share their stories of responding to the needs of refugees, migrants and internally displaced people in various places around the world.
Speakers will include MSF's Dr. Joanne Perry and Carol Devine who works on forced migration and climate change.
CNN reports the story of Nikolle Contreras as she attempts to cross into the United States for the third time, but her first since she came out as a woman.
Contreras first tried to cross the border in 2016 and then again again in 2017 by swimming across the river from Mexico. But she almost drowned and ended up in a coma for two days. She was then detained and deported back to her home country of Honduras where she decided to live as a transgender woman openly. She soon realized she needed to depart Honduras as it is "one of the most dangerous countries in the world for transgender people."
"Discrimination because of my sexuality, lack of work, discrimination within my own family for being gay and worse, for being a trans person," she said. "It's very, very difficult."
Contreras is one of the 25 transgender and gender nonconforming people who have joined a caravan of Central American migrants attempting to cross through Mexico to the United States border.
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.
The documentary "My First 150 Days" follows the Banico family, newly arrived from the Philippines, in their first 150 days in Toronto. Melona Banico left her rural village and family behind nearly a decade ago when she departed for Canada. The documentary highlights the family's emotional journey as newcomers on a foreign land.
2018 David Dodge CIFAR Lecture - Boundaries of Inclusion: Migration, Human Rights and National Values.
The 2018 David Dodge CIFAR Lecture will be happening on May 2, 2018 in Toronto. CIFAR Senior Fellow Irene Bloemraad will explore the complexities of framing and how we divide “us” from “them.” Dr. Bloemraad highlights that understanding and implementing the possibilities of inclusive nationalism is an urgent challenge today as some leaders are linking nationalism to policies that will close borders and lead to a further divide.
"While nationalism is growing around the world, record numbers of people are migrating beyond their country of birth. Increasingly, these migrants face hostility and discrimination by native-born citizens who see them as outsiders."
The Challenging Migrant Detention Conference is happening on June 19 -21, 2018 in Montreal, Canada.
The conference will draw on experiences of detention and resistance in multiple countries, and discuss strategies to challenge migrant detention, including research, litigation and community mobilization.
François Crépeau, McGill University, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants; Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard University; Mary Bosworth, University of Oxford; Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR; Guglielmo Schinina, IOM; representatives of the International Detention Coalition, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, End Immigration Detention Network, and many others
· Detention of children
· Migrant voices: former detainees speak out
· Mental health impact of immigration detention
· Migrants’ experiences at the US/Mexico border
· Resistance to deportation and detention in Israel, Italy and Greece
· Fortress Europe: From the Balkans route to Mediterranean hotspots
· Detention of migrants in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australia
· Racialization and Othering in the detention process
· Innovative judicial remedies, from habeas corpus to Charter damages
· Strategies for minimizing immigration detention in Canada
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.
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