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Neither Temporary, Nor Permanent: The Precarious Employment Experiences Of Refugee Claimants In Toronto

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posted on 2021-06-08, 10:54 authored by Samantha Jackson
While Canada’s immigration system is shaped primarily by the nation’s economic needs, refugee claimants’ motivations are, by nature, non-economic. Resultantly, refugee claimants are often portrayed as a drain on Canadian resources. Despite this however, refugee claimants’ employment experiences remain underrepresented in the literature. This study explores the employment experiences of refugee claimants in Toronto, and finds that claimants face distinct and unique barriers stemming from their precarious legal status. Additionally, as neither temporary workers nor permanent citizens, this study finds that refugee claimants perceive employment as an integrative expression of belonging and citizenship. Through the lens of





Immigration and Settlement Studies

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Ryerson University