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A Torontonian stands at the intersection of Yonge St. and Dundas Ave. Addressing long-standing inequities in immigrant and migrant voter participation in Canada may help shine a spotlight on the social and economic hardships that immigrant and diasporic communities face. That includes health-care access and health outcomes. (Unsplash)

Fractured futures: Upward mobility for immigrants is a myth as their health declines

The myth of the ‘healthy immigrant’ has likely resulted in policymakers dismissing the health-care needs of newcomers to Canada. That’s why electoral participation is so important.
The Matsqui Institution, a medium-security federal men’s prison in Abbotsford, B.C. The Canadian government plans to amend legislation to allow detained migrants to be held in federal prisons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Detaining migrants in prisons violates human rights and risks abuses

Placing migrants who are not criminals in prisons risks serious violations of their human rights and perpetuates narratives about the criminality of immigrants.
Hanadi Alashi points to Palestinian family members in a photo at her home in Ottawa on Dec. 1, 2023. Alashi is one of many Canadians who have applied for family members to come to Canada under a special extended family visa program created in response to the conflict in Gaza. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby

Asylum seekers from Gaza and Sudan face prejudiced policies and bureaucratic hurdles

Refugee programs in Canada have always been politicized, but more so in recent years, evidenced in discrepancies between programs for refugees from Gaza and Sudan and those from Ukraine.
Nashville is one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities and increasingly a destination for immigrants. Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Excessively high rents are a major burden for immigrants in US cities

The US economy relies on immigrants to fill jobs, but many of them are struggling with high rent burdens that make it harder to build productive lives and integrate into their communities.
Immigrant women disproportionately work caring for children, elderly adults and people living with disabilities. At the same time, immigrant care workers earn low incomes and experience precarious employment. (Shutterstock)

Immigrant women suffer financially for taking maternity leave: 4 ways Canada can improve

Research shows a classed and racialized divide among women caring for their children in Canada today. It’s a divide that is having a negative financial impact on immigrant women doing this work.
Racialized immigrant parents in a study had to find ways to navigate the education system as newcomers, while also addressing intended and unintended effects of special education programs for their children. (Mche Lee/Unsplash)

Navigating special education labels is complex, and it matters for education equity

A study of newcomer Latin American and Black Caribbean parents in Ontario schools found many parents felt excluded from processes surrounding assessments for their child’s learning needs.
One of two digitally drawn murals that are part of the installation and exhibit ‘who claims abstraction?’ by Toronto-based Guatemalan artist Francisco-Fernando Granados. (Rachel Topham Photography)

How art can challenge election-time rhetoric about immigrants

2024 is expected to be a year of elections around the world, and as often happens, anti-immigrant rhetoric is on the rise. Art can play a critical role in challenging that rhetoric.
Analysis of participants’ photos demonstrated hybrid cooking practices, with a combination of ingredients and cooking methods and/or techniques.

Why traditional cooking isn’t always healthier: the case of Ghanaians in Manchester and in Accra

To better understand Ghanaian women in Manchester, England, we asked them to tell the “stories” of their everyday cooking through photographs.
People line up to take part in a Canada Day citizenship ceremony before the start of a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox in Toronto on Canada Day, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

What’s behind the dramatic shift in Canadian public opinion about immigration levels?

The number of Canadians who believe there is too much immigration to Canada rose sharply in 2023. Why have public opinions changed so much in the last year?

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