This special issue will address the question of migration in the 21st century, and how Canada plays a significant role in this process. This question reaches a variety of levels: international, national and local. More broadly, this issue would discuss the causes of migration in the current context, how historical colonialism is linked to nations being in a position of “sending” or “receiving” migrants
It will also be important to examine the changing immigration laws under the Conservative government in Canada, and how that affects individuals living within Canada, and those who come to work here. This special issue could also examine how resistance is manifesting itself, and how individuals are working together to assert their rights.
Sample themes & headlines:
-The globalization of migrants. Where does Canada fit into this process?
-Discussion of the upcoming Global Forum on Development and Migration
-Causes of forced migration
-History of migration
-Temporary foreign workers are replacing immigration (in 2008 Canada had more guestworkers - workers with severely limited rights - than it had “full status” immigrants)
-Explanation of foreign workers’ program in Canada and why it was adopted by the Conservatives
-Investigations into the bilateral agreements that Canada conducts with “developing” countries that negotiate guest-worker visas to fill labour needs for industry (ex: Canada recently signed an agreement with the Philippines to supply guest workers with few rights to work in the tar sands)
-The effects of these policies on labour in Canada and abroad
-Investigations into temp workers and temp agencies and their relations to migrant workers - how they make it easier to exploit workers’ rights
The environment and migration
Climate change and migration
-Personal stories of migration, and the experiences of individuals who went through temporary work programs, and agencies
-How resistance to these processes are happening on the ground, and how individuals and groups are mobilizing in both the “receiving” and “sending” countries