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Will precarious alternative forms of work, like gig platform jobs, become the norm for immigrant care workers? (Shutterstock)

Gig platforms help immigrant care workers find jobs, but they are only a temporary solution

Alternative working arrangements like gig platforms might help immigrant workers find temporary work, but many care professionals are still unable to find permanent jobs in their industry.
The pandemic posed serious challenges to Canada’s immigration system, but it also provides an opportunity to start creating a system that is fairer for all. (Shutterstock)

The pandemic created challenges and opportunities for Canadian immigration

As Canada plans to welcome 500,000 new permanent residents a year by 2025, the government must make changes to make the immigration system more fair and transparent.
An emerging school of thought suggests a larger Canadian population will help the country’s media landscape and enhance its democracy. In fact, a smaller population could likely better achieve those goals. (Shutterstock)

Size doesn’t matter? A small population may enhance Canada’s media — and its democracy

Paying closer attention to the dangers of growth, especially the modern threats to democracy posed by the internet, allows us to best plan for a brighter future in Canada — not just a bigger one.
Every year, hundreds are held arbitrarily in provincial jails. The Canadian government must take action to end the jailing of migrants. (Shutterstock)

The detention of migrants in Canadian jails is a public health emergency

Migrants and refugee claimants in immigration detention continue to face serious trauma and abuse. The federal government must take action to stop migrant detentions.
‘Lamartine rejects the red flag in front of the town hall,’ a painting by Henri Félix Philippoteaux (1815–1884), captures a seminal moment in the second French Revolution in Paris in 1848, when revolutionaries demanded human and civil rights. (Les Musées de la ville de Paris)

Note to Québec’s premier: French is the language of human rights, not xenophobia

French has historically been a language of human rights. That’s why the Québec government should promote it as a tool of a human rights-based civic education, not force it on newcomers.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with families who had resettled from Afghanistan in Hamilton, Ont., in May 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

How Canada plans to break records with its new refugee targets

If the Canadian government sticks to its new plans for refugee resettlement, the next three years could have significant implications for refugees and refugee policy beyond Canada’s borders.
Canada’s Latinx community is growing fast. That signals a greater need for Latinx studies at Canadian universities. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s Latin American community is growing, and universities must improve teaching about the region

As Latin American communities continue to grow, universities must teach students about Latin America and Latinx communities in interdisciplinary ways.
The migrant centre on the Greek island of Samos is surrounded by three layers of fence and barbed wire. According to authorities, it is designed to host up to 3,000 people, of which 2,100 will have a “controlled access” and 900 will be in detention waiting to be sent back to Turkey (21 July, 2021). Evgenia Chorou/MSF

Out of sight, out of mind: Europe’s increasing pushback against migrants

In the wake of revelations on the EU’s failure to protect migrants, an MSF doctor details how those seeking to reach Europe’s shores are increasingly falling prey to violent deterrence methods.
Filipino Americans are less likely to seek mental health help than average Americans. LPETTET/E+ via Getty Images

When Filipino parents in the US encourage their children to talk about their feelings and promote cultural pride, their children’s mental health improves

Workshops that focus on the needs of one particular immigrant community improve mental health for parents and kids and provide an example for other programs to follow.
Immigrant advocates protest near the U.S. Capitol on June 15, 2022 Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Young immigrants are looking to social media to engage in politics and elections – even if they are not eligible to vote

The number of immigrant voters is on the rise – and research shows that for young immigrants, social media is where they are primarily wading into politics.
An image of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is overlaid with the words ‘don’t attack our democracy’ at a rally to denounce the governor’s immigration policies on Sept. 20, 2022, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The Republican party’s cruel migrant stunts have very deep roots

The recent anti-migrant actions of the Florida and Texas governors reflect specific hatreds that date back to the very beginnings of European settlement in North America.

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