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Documenting Migrant Workers in Canada.doc

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including removal of seats to cram workers in; and violation of their employment contract for not being provided with appropriate work gear and for being forced to work outdoors in a blueberry field, instead of an indoor greenhouse” (Walia, 75). Finally, scholar Basok provides research of the limited access to permanent residency amongst the Mexican worker population within Canada. She explains that migrant workers are “not granted the right of permanent settlement by the receiving state, and since they are not granted the rights of citizenship, they are deprived of other liberal-democratic rights,” (Basok, 14). Essentially, her statement will bring the discussion full circle by concluding that without being given permanent residence, migrant workers have very little room to exercise rights and freedoms that are enjoyed by the rest of the receiving country. In conclusion, the policies presented by the North American partnerships have shown that citizens are envisioned to be anything but ‘equal’ where foreign labour is concerned. Throughout the bulk of the research that was woven within this paper proposal, there is an underlying theme of exploitation in order to advance the neoliberal capitalist agenda at the expense of migrant workers. Whether migrant workers are presented with long work hours, precarious working conditions, and/or unsuitable living conditions, the policies that allow for such marginalization take place, further perpetuates the “us and them” complex that continues to plague Canada (despite the nation’s celebration for its diversity and multiculturalism). In the research essay, I hope to further delve into the intricacies of the policies that shape a migrant worker’s livelihood and why they should not be held at a second class position within Canada (although, the mentioning of dangerous conditions in which migrants work and live in should be enough to call for a closer inspection into the creation and implementation of such policies).
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  • Summer '17
  • Colin McMahon
  • Human migration, Migrant worker, Migrant Worker Programmes

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