Temporary foreign worker laws in Canada

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Not authorized to work in any occupation other than stated, not authorized to work for any employer other than stated, not authorized to work in any location other than stated. Must leave Canada by 20th of May 2012 was stamped right in Juma Rangam's passport, his opportunity for a promising job that he says kept him tethered and powerless. Canada is bringing in an increasing number of temporary foreign workers under those very conditions, more in fact than economic migrants who can get permanent status. Migrant workers can be invisible to most of us. If things with their employers turn sour or even abusive, they can fear deportation and so do not speak out. Today, we bring you the story of one temporary foreign worker.



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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