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Migrants Unite in Demanding a New Permanent Residency Pathway

Group of people trekking through a snowy forest path, evoking the resilience and unity of migrants advocating for a new permanent residency pathway in Canada.

Introduction

In a powerful display of unity and determination, migrants from various backgrounds took to the streets of cities across Canada on Sunday, demanding a new permanent residency pathway for all. The protests come just ahead of the reconvening of the federal parliament on Monday, sending a strong message to the government. Migrants, including undocumented individuals, students, and refugees, joined together to advocate for a fair and inclusive immigration system that offers permanent residency to all migrants and illegal immigrants, without exceptions.


Background of the Protests

The recent protests were ignited by a statement from a United Nations expert, Tomoya Obokata, who labelled Canada's temporary foreign worker program as a "breeding ground for contemporary forms of slavery." This alarming assessment has brought to light the urgent need for a comprehensive and inclusive immigration policy that recognizes the contributions of all migrants and provides them with a clear pathway to permanent residency. The full Statement can be found here.


Calls for an Uncapped Permanent Residency Program

The demonstrators are demanding the implementation of an uncapped program that would grant permanent residency status to all migrants and undocumented individuals, regardless of their current immigration status. Sarom Rho, an organizer with the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, emphasizes that there are approximately 1.7 million people in Canada with temporary study or work permits who lack a clear pathway to permanent residency. These individuals play vital roles in the Canadian economy, working in sectors such as agriculture, caregiving, and frontline services. Without the security of permanent residency, they face exploitation, limited access to essential medical treatments, and the constant fear of deportation and family separation.


Impact on Undocumented Individuals

Undocumented individuals, express their desire for permanent status to access better job opportunities and fair treatment. Individuals hope for employment free from discrimination, where they can earn decent wages and have the freedom to travel and reunite with their families. Without legal status, their options and opportunities become severely limited, hindering their ability to fully contribute to Canadian society.


Government Response and Future Policies

The government has yet to make a definitive statement regarding the implementation of a new permanent residency pathway for migrants. When asked about the issue, a representative from Immigration Minister Marc Miller's office declined to comment, stating that new policies would be made public in due course. The uncertainty surrounding the government's response further emphasizes the importance of the protests and the need for a comprehensive and compassionate immigration policy.


Importance of Permanent Residency for All

The demand for a new permanent residency pathway goes beyond the rights and protections of individual migrants. Sarom Rho highlights that denying a segment of society the same rights as others negatively impacts the entire community. With an estimated one in every 23 people in Canada being a temporary migrant without a clear pathway to permanent residency, it is crucial to address this issue to build a fair and inclusive society that values the contributions of all individuals.


The Path Towards Change

The protests serve as a reminder of the power of collective action and the determination of migrants to bring about positive change. The demonstrations have garnered significant attention, both nationally and internationally, shining a spotlight on Canada's immigration policies and the need for reform. The unity and resilience displayed by the migrant community are essential in advocating for a new permanent residency pathway that ensures fairness, dignity, and equal opportunities for all.


Conclusion

The recent protests by migrants across Canada have brought attention to the urgent need for a new permanent residency pathway. Migrants, including undocumented individuals, students, and refugees, have united to demand a fair and inclusive immigration system that recognizes their contributions and offers them a clear path to permanent residency. The government's response to these protests will shape the future of immigration policies in Canada and determine the extent to which the country values the rights and well-being of migrants. It is crucial for the government to listen to the voices of the migrant community and work towards building a society that embraces diversity, inclusivity, and fairness for all.


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This update has been compiled with the latest available information for the general information of Border Law clients and other interested parties. This Update is not comprehensive and should not be relied upon without appropriate legal advice.


Are you’re interested in learning how to immigrate to Canada? We can help!

Working with immigration counsel can save you time and money throughout your immigration process. Get started today by completing our free Consult Request Form and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your options!


This update has been compiled with the latest available information for the general information of Border Law clients and other interested parties. This Update is not comprehensive and should not be relied upon without appropriate legal advice.

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