Québec Solidaire calls for the regularization of immigrants without status

Two Québec Solidaire (QS) MNAs joined forces with the Immigrant Workers Center (CTI) today to ask the Québec government to set up a regularization program for immigrants without status.

Andrés Fontecilla, MP for Laurier-Dorion, and Alejandra Zaga Mendez, MP for Verdun, expressed their support for undocumented immigrants by participating this afternoon in a rally organized by the CTI, in an Indian restaurant in the Villeray– Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, in Montreal.

This event follows a series of demonstrations over the past few weeks, aimed at denouncing the difficult and precarious daily life of people without status, and at demanding from the provincial governments and Ottawa a fair and equitable program of regularization.

“I am very proud to be here today, in my riding, to give a voice to immigrants who contribute greatly to Quebec society, despite their precarious immigration status. These men, women and children are already an integral part of our society,” said Mr. Fontecilla.

Many undocumented people were present during this meeting to testify about their experiences.

Longer and more complicated access to permanent residence

Québec solidaire deplores the complexity of the process for obtaining permanent residence in Québec. “The migration policies put in place by the Caquiste government have made access to permanent residence longer and more complicated” affirm the solidarity.

In addition, the party points to the increase in the share of temporary workers received under the current government. These would have increased from 18,000 in 2017 to around 33,000 per year since 2019.

“In this sense, the Legault government is contributing to the increase in the phenomenon of irregular migration in Quebec, because without a truly accessible path to permanent residence, these people may eventually find themselves without immigration status,” argued QS. .

Not having a migration status is not a criminal act, it is an administrative problem.

Mostafa Henaway, community organizer at the Center for Immigrant Workers (CTI)

“We love Quebec and we dream of a future here”

Kara, Amandeep and Rajvinder (fictitious names) are three young teenagers who have lived in Quebec with their parents for many years. They are educated and speak French fluently. Having spent most of their lives in Quebec, the latter declare that they no longer have significant ties with the country of origin of their parents.

“We sacrificed everything. We even sacrificed our mother tongue and now speak French. We love Quebec and we dream of a future here. Without fear and without shame. We just want to be like our colleagues. Being able to study and work later. Our parents are afraid. We are scared. Fear of having to leave our country,” say Kara, Amandeep and Rajvinder.

The Center for Immigrant Workers (CTI) maintains that immigrants find themselves without status because of the complexity of the immigration system.

The latter would maintain their vulnerability to abuse by employers, recruiters or other dishonest people, according to the CTI.

“Many countries around the world, including Spain, Italy, Portugal and Ireland have set up regularization programs. Why not in Canada and Quebec, in our country, which is supposed to respect human rights?” asks Mostafa Henaway, community organizer at the CTI.

“The Government of Quebec has an interest in implementing a status regularization program. It is a matter of human rights, but it is also an effective mechanism to overcome the shortage of labour, to tackle the informal economy which deprives us of significant tax revenues and to fight poverty. as well as social inequalities,” added Mr. Fontecilla.

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