Demonstrators protest treatment of migrant workers during pandemic

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Demonstrators gather to protest treatment of migrant workers amid pandemic

Syed Hussan, Executive Director of Migrant Workers Alliance speaks to demonstrators during an action in support of migrant worker rights in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, in Toronto, on Sunday, Aug., 23, 2020.Activists staged a demonstration in front of a federal immigration office in Toronto on Sunday to protest what they say is unjust treatment of migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Syed Hussan, the group’s executive director, said the actions are about underlining the unique issues that such workers face, and ensuring they receive equal treatment under the law.“Migrant workers have lost lives and have lost their livelihoods due to COVID-19,” Mr. Hussan said. Demands for equal status – known as “regularization” – have come to a head in recent months as COVID-19 spread throughout several farms in Ontario, highlighting the dangers the pandemic posed to migrant workers.

Gabriel Flores, a migrant worker who says he was fired from his job after speaking to media about the conditions on farms, told the crowd Sunday that the situation is tilted in favour of employers.

 

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And who is demonstrating? Migrant workers, former migrant workers, their relatives/friends and countrymen/women.

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