2012’s dramatic changes for refugees, migrant workers making Canada “less welcoming”

The sweeping changes to Canada’s refugee and immigration system last year have left immigrant-serving organizations gasping for breath and worried that Canada is becoming “less welcoming to immigrants.”

From charging refugees for medical care, to permitting employers to pay migrant workers 15 percent less than their Canadian counterparts, the “reforms” ushered in by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney mark a turning point in immigration policy. Unfortunately, most Canadians are unaware of them and their impacts are poorly understood.

Here, from the Canadian Council of Refugees, is a review of 2012’s tidal wave of change. Thanks to Salimah Valiani for pointing out this summary and the link to the Maytree Foundation report in the Toronto Star referenced in the first paragraph.