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A new Canada-wide coalition of migrant workers

Migrant workers are people whom the Canadian state grants entry into Canada for a limited period of time to do a specified kind of work. There are high-status versions as well, but most — and those that are the focus of today’s show — are brought here, mostly from the Global South, to do low-status, low-wage work on farms, caring for children, in the service industry, in the fisheries, in factories, and much more. Migrant workers have been part of Canadian society for at least five decades, but the total number and the range of kinds of work that they are brought to Canada to do has expanded significantly in the last 20 years.

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