Precarious Migrants and the Law in Canada
Migrant workers, though long welcomed in Canada for their labour, are often excluded from both workplace protections and basic social benefits such as health care, income assistance, and education. Through interviews with migrants and their advocates, Marsden shows that people with precarious migration status face barriers in law, policy, and practice, affecting their ability to address adverse working conditions and their access to institutions such as hospitals, schools, and employment standards boards. Enforcing Exclusion recasts what migration status means to both the state and to non-citizens, questioning the adequacy of human-rights-based responses in addressing its exclusionary effects.
About this Author
Sarah Grayce Marsden is an assistant professor in Thompson Rivers University's Faculty of Law. Her research focuses on migration, labour, and social justice. She has published articles in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, and the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, among others. She has also co-authored a clinical legal text, Clinical Law: Practice, Theory, and Social Justice Advocacy (with Sarah Buhler and Gemma Smyth).
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