Migrant Justice

Standing in solidarity with migrant workers on December 18

December 13, 2016

“On International Migrants Day, let us commit to coherent, comprehensive and human-rights based responses guided by international law and standards and a shared resolve to leave no one behind.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General Globally, millions of people are forced…

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Canadian Parliamentary Committee recommends changes that could help temporary migrant workers

October 27, 2016

Published October 19, in the Toronto-based Spanish-language magazine Revista Debate, the article “Comité Parlamentario canadiense presenta cambios a favor de trabajadores temporales”, looks at the report on the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) released on September 19, by the Standing Committee on Human…

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program: a KAIROS response

October 12, 2016

In May 2016, KAIROS participated in the federal government’s review of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) by making a submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. The…

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The Harvesting Freedom Caravan is coming to Toronto on September 25, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.

September 23, 2016

If you want to support migrant justice please come to the Food Terminal in Toronto at 7:30 AM on Sunday, September 25 and welcome the Harvesting Freedom Caravan. Yes, you read right, it is at 7:30 AM! But don’t worry,…

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program Review – A KAIROS Submission

July 12, 2016

KAIROS joins community partners and migrant workers in calling on the federal government to ensure that migrant workers are included in this review process and that their recommendations are properly and genuinely considered. Read the full text of KAIROS’ submission…

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The Migrant Workers Information Session and Forum are scheduled for June 4 & 5 in Saskatoon

May 13, 2016

In keeping with our goals of forging solidarity with migrant workers and working with the federal government to change the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, KAIROS is collaborating with the Canadian Council for Refugees, Migrante Canada and other organizations to co-host…

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Temporary Foreign Workers Program Needs More Work

December 15, 2014

In its message to commemorate International Migrants Day, KAIROS’ Dignity and Rights Circle applauds recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program but stresses that it still has serious flaws that undermine workers’ rights.

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Why We All Should Care About Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

June 25, 2014

In her article “Why everyone should care about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program”, writer Harsha Wallia links current and historical Canadian complicity in local and global resource extraction on Indigenous lands to the exploitation of racialized labour. She connects colonialism…

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What do migrant workers say?

May 27, 2014

Recent news about problems with the Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) has largely ignored the voices of those most affected – migrant workers and their families. KAIROS is concerned that the federal government’s response to flaws with…

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Advent, Human Rights and International Migrants Day

December 18, 2013

Alfredo Barahona, KAIROS’ Migrant Relations Coordinator, reflects on Advent and International Migrants Day from the perspective of his own personal experiences as a migrant to Canada from El Salvador, and his recent visit to Quito.

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Latin America

Faith, Economy, Migration: Exploring the Connections

November 26, 2013

Alfredo Barahona is representing KAIROS at the Ecumenical Dialogue of the Americas on Faith, Economy and Migrations in Quito, Ecuador from November 27 to December 1. Organized and hosted by the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI), one of KAIROS’…

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Her Name is Edna

November 6, 2013

In her presentation to the workshop “Dialogue of Theologies in the Struggle for Life: For a New Ecumenism” at the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly, KAIROS ED Jennifer Henry argues that it is “the migrants and refugees knocking at…

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The Intersections of Faith, Migration, Human Rights, Development and Justice

October 15, 2013

“Every person bears the inherent gift of the likeness of God. A true and meaningful dialogue on migration includes migrants as subjects of their own destinies and puts primacy to their human rights and welfare. Such dialogue must not be…

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Family Separation Affects Children of Migrant Workers in Canada and Around the World.

October 2, 2013

Family separation is one issue being explored at the United Nations in New York, October 1-5, as migrants and their allies converge to discuss how to help decision-makers understand that justice must be part of any discussion on migration issues.

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Churches Witnessing With Migrants

September 27, 2013

From October 1-5, 2013, KAIROS will join church reps from around the world gathering in New York City for the Churches Witnessing with Migrants gathering. This event will coincide with the United Nations High Level Dialogue on International Migration and…

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Serving refugees in the Middle East region: DSPR

July 23, 2013

KAIROS partner, Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR), is a body of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) that serves Palestinian and other refugees across the Middle East region. In operation since 1949, DSPR provides diverse services to…

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How does Canada welcome the stranger?

June 20, 2013

June 20th was established by the United Nations as World Refugee Day to honour the courage and determination of those men, women and children who are forced by persecution and conflict to flee their homes. It is a good time…

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Manitoba Government Extends Health Care Coverage for Seasonal Agricultural Workers

May 17, 2013

The Government of Manitoba has acknowledged the importance of migrant workers to Canada’s standard of living by extending health care coverage for seasonal agricultural workers. The hope is that other provincial governments will follow Manitoba’s lead.

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