Women, Immigration and The Canadian Economy

Publisher:  Women's Research Centre, Vancouver, Canada
Pages:  4pp  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX971

This article, written by the Women's Research Centre, questions the implementation of the new Immigration Bill.

Abstract:  This article, written by the Women's Research Centre, questions the implementation of the new Immigration Bill. It states that the present immigration laws already have control over immigrants in Canada and that it is these immigrants who fill the menial and low-paying jobs to increase the profits of Canadian business. The present laws divide immigrant and Canadian workers which prevents both working groups from coming together to fight for solutions. To add to this, the problem of racism is perpetuated. Working immigrant women are discriminated against by the present laws.

With the enforcing of the new Immigration Bill, the problems mentioned will only be made more severe. The new bill will make it more difficult to understand reasons for deportation. The author(s) point out that besides worsening present conditions, it will stipulate that an immigrant works at a certain job for a certain length of time; there is no provision for the improvement of policy governing visa workers; any immigrant may be deported for political reasons, on the basis of a secret report, without appeal; immigrants can be arrested without warrant and detained indefinitely.

The report makes the plea that only by uniting - immigrants and Canadians - can such legislation be vetoed.

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