Marie-Hélène Ratel, Gabriel Williams, Keegan Williams, CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief, September 19, 2013
The Social Protection Floor (SPF) is a global initiative that provides security to vulnerable groups in all countries — including migrant workers, undocumented migrant workers, non-citizens and refugees. This brief, the final installment of the CIGI Junior Fellows 2013 policy brief series, provides an innovative method to measure the gaps in social protection in countries. The authors — Marie-Hélène Ratel, Gabriel Williams and Keegan Williams — discover that the gaps in social protection exist even in countries with higher income, such as Sweden. They conclude that the SPF Advisory Group must collaborate better with countries that have transit and which receive migrants, middle- and high-income countries, and regional organizations to reduce these gaps between citizens and non-citizens.
Manuelle Chanoine, Meredith Giel, Tâmara Simão, CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief, July 16, 2013.
On March 21, 2013, it was announced that the Canadian International Development Agency and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade would merge into a new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The second Jr. Fellows policy brief of 2013 explores the new opportunities that will emerge for a more coherent approach to diasporic engagement initiatives that combine the existing policy directions under a single umbrella. Authors Manuelle Chanoine, Meredith Giel and Tâmara Simão offer recommendations to DFATD about how to work with diasporas in Canada to facilitate and improve engagement with their respective sending regions. They note that engagement should vary according to different levels of formal and informal government diasporic engagement, ranging from countries with weak government engagement to those with strong engagement.
Andrea Pietrzak (2012) Policy Points, Issue III.
This backgrounder summarizes the risks faced by irregular migrants and humanitarian workers in Mexico based on various reports. Utilizing the documentation provided by, Casa del Migrante, a migrant shelter in Saltillo, Mexico, this backgrounder explains the security threats to migrants, migrant shelters and shelter workers. Recommendations are proposed on pages 3 and 4, aimed at Federal, State, Municipal and International levels of government.
J. Hennebry and J. McLaughlin (2011) Policy Points, Issue II.
In this issue of Policy Points we have identified some of the most significant rights issues facing Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) in Canada based on our empirical research amassed over a decade of study. In order to address these problems, we have provided a number of recommendations for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) with an emphasis on some of the most vulnerable workers – those in the Pilot Project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training (NOC C & D Pilot), and the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). While recognizing that there are jurisdictional differences and many other changes could be integrated at the provincial and municipal levels, the following provide the most essential federal-level recommendations.
J. McLaughlin and J. Hennebry (2010) Policy Points, Issue I.
Annually, approximately 30,000 migrant farmworkers come to work across Canada from countries such as Mexico, Jamaica, Guatemala, the Philippines and Thailand through Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) and the Pilot Project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training (NOC C and D). Their health and safety has long been a neglected area of research, but several recent studies have now shed light on some important issues of concern. Despite these studies’ diverse contexts (Ontario and British Columbia) and methods (quantitative questionnaires and qualitative ethnography) the similar findings in each study demonstrate consistent patterns. The purpose of this backgrounder is to summarize the main findings of this recent research: (1) Hennebry, Preibisch and McLaughlin, 2010; (2) McLaughlin, 2009; and (3) Otero and Preibisch, 2009.