QUEBEC – Migrant workers in Quebec are victims of systemic discrimination, says the Quebec Human Rights Commission in a report calling on the provincial government to promptly change its immigration programs.
In a study released Monday, the commission noted migrant workers are discriminated against because of their national origin, their race, their social condition, their language or – in the case of live-in caregivers – their gender.
In 2010, some 7,000 low-skilled migrants from Guatemala, Mexico and the Caribbean were hired in Quebec, mostly to work temporarily in the agriculture sector. A handful of those, about 400, are live-in caregivers from the Philippines working as domestic aides, according to the report.
“Our analysis shows the severe vulnerability in which migrant workers find themselves. The situation is even more difficult for women,” the commission noted.