Protect the human rights of migrants
In Québec, as in Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential work that is very often carried out by migrants. The pandemic has also revealed that the human rights of migrants, in particular their economic and social rights, are often violated. In many cases, they are vulnerable to exploitation because of their precarious or non-existent migration status. We can no longer turn a blind eye. Together, we must act to ensure the protection of and access to human rights for all.
In December 2020, the federal and Quebec governments launched a special program to regularize the status of certain refugee claimants, by granting them permanent residence. The goal of the program is to recognize the contributions of the countless migrant workers whose roles have been critical during the pandemic. However, the program is limited to those who have worked in certain positions within the health care sector during the first wave.
If this unprecedented health crisis has revealed anything, it is that no chain is stronger than its weakest link: each of us is essential to the well-being of the collective, and the most vulnerable play a crucial role. It is therefore incumbent upon us to act for the protection of the human rights of migrants.
We demand that all migrants in Québec and Canada be eligible for the government's special regularization program.
Regularization is the best way to protect their rights, while recognizing their contribution to our society and our economy, in times of pandemic and beyond.
Take action and call on federal and provincial immigration ministers to expand eligibility criteria for the special program in order to make it as inclusive as possible.