In Canada, thousands of migrant workers, mainly racialized workers, harvest the food we eat, care for our children and our elders, and clean our homes and offices, all while separated from their children and families. They often work in isolation for low wages, under dangerous conditions. CUPE supports migrant workers and allies seeking justice and organizing to end precarious living and working conditions.
Around the world, more than 280 million people, including over 35 million refugees, have left their home countries and are migrants. These growing numbers reflect the many injustices at the root of the global migration crisis. These include growing inequality, poverty, unemployment, corruption and foreign intervention, climate change, and war.
Migrants have relentlessly fought for their rights. International Migrants Day is a day to renew our collective work to build a better world where workers are not forced to leave their homes in search of a job, where everyone has dignity and respect at work and in all aspects of their lives, and where migrant workers do not face exploitation because of their precarious immigration status.
- Support migrant workers by sending a message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
- Check out the Canadian Council for Refugees Open Work Permits Now campaign.
- Learn how migrant workers are organizing for their rights through the Migrant Rights Network, Justice for Migrant Workers and Migrante Canada.
- Support organizing led by immigrant and migrant workers in your community, through organizations like the Immigrant Workers Center in Montreal.
CUPE calls on the Canadian government to provide permanent residence status and ensure a living wage and income security for all migrant workers. Canada should welcome more immigrants as future citizens, rather than temporary migrant workers as part of a strong and progressive immigration program.