A temporary foreign worker from Mexico works on a berry farm in Mirabel, Que., in May 2020.
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Amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations fail to address the power imbalances at the heart of the temporary foreign worker program.
Australia is rapidly expanding visa programs for Pacific Islanders to fill labour shortages. More needs to be done to overcome cultural tensions in local communities.
Migrant farm workers were disproportionately affected by COVID-19 because of poor housing conditions.
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Poor housing put migrant workers at risk for COVID-19. A federal government consultation on national housing standards is a crucial opportunity to support migrant workers’ health, safety and dignity.
Rather than listening to the grievances of illegal farm workers Australia is threatening them with exploitation while broadening the means by which agricultural employers can bring workers into Australia.
Many farmers want to do the right thing. But their livelihoods will be threatened if weak visa rules allow dodgy operators to mistreat migrant workers.
The promise of labour mobility in the Australian government’s new temporary migrant labour scheme is mostly for employers, not workers.
Tying migrant workers to one employer as a visa condition stymies their capacity to act in the face of poor conditions.
Food prices are poised to become higher post-pandemic. But using technology smartly and humanely can put the brakes to food price inflation.
How to keep food prices down? Use technology to change the way we produce food and public policy to ensure there’s a fair price put on things like climate change, human labour and animal welfare.
COVID-19 has laid bare how migrant workers in Canada are treated.
For much of its history Canada has encouraged people to come and work in this country. However, racialized migrant workers often face an immigration system designed to leave them powerless.
Temporary migrant workers in Canada are facing COVID-19 while dealing with an immigration system that leaves them vulnerable.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought further suffering to migrant workers in Canada already experiencing the abuses of discriminatory immigration policies and poor working conditions.
A woman takes part in a protest in Montreal, Jan. 30, 2021, to demand status for all workers and to demand dignity for all non status migrants as full human beings as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world.
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How we treat migrant workers who put food on our tables: Don’t Call Me Resilient EP 4 transcript
Farmworkers are essential workers who must decide every morning whether they will leave their home to work the fields to provide for their families and the nation.
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In the wake of COVID-19, researchers can become trusted figures of authority who can re-appropriate their networks, skills and knowledge to better the lives of vulnerable populations.
Mexican migrant farmworkers sort cherries at one of Canada’s largest cherry orchards in British Columbia.
COVID-19 may not discriminate, but Canadian policy does. Income support during the pandemic must be extended to everyone, including migrant and undocumented workers.