Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Temporary foreign worker laws in Canada - Juma Rangam's Story
Canadians are encouraged to think of the country as a land of immigrants. But that view may need some fine tuning. Because last year, Canada allowed in more temporary foreign workers than economic immigrants. It's a significant shift in immigration policy. And some fear the consequences will be dramatic.
Critics say these so called "temporary" workers are becoming a permanent part of the workforce. And, according to a new study, many such workers are vulnerable to abuse by their employers because Canada's laws offer them so little protection.
We'll talk to the author of the study in a few minutes. But first, The Current's producer Sujata Berry brings us the story of one migrant worker's experiences in Canada.
Juma Rangam gets his day in court today. We contacted his former employer for an interview. But Cyril D'Souza of Out of Africa Taxidermy and Safari Operators declined as the matter is before the courts.
Temporary foreign worker laws in Canada - Migrant Worker Study
You've likely seen migrant workers in your neighbourhood, in the streets or coffee shops. They're the nannies, the long term caregivers, the agricultural workers who pick crops at the harvest.
Fay Faraday is a lawyer who has researched the workers and wrote the new study Made In Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers' Insecurity. She was in Toronto.
We did request an interview with Jason Kenney - Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to respond to some of the concerns raised today. He was unavailable.
This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry.
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