On Dec 2nd, the Mobility & Politics Collective hosted a panel discussion at the Ottawa HUB, serving as an introductory talk on everyday systemic precariousness faced by migrants in Canada. The topic of this panel was of importance to many, reflected in the successful turnout of local and Montreal-based activists, community members, scholars, and practitioners from across the city. Together, we were able to engage in meaningful discussions regarding state and non-state complicity in the perpetuation of precarity as well as the important grassroots work being done in both Ottawa and Montreal around the protection of temporary migrant workers and those without status.

The panel was composed of a group of diverse voices, each with very unique lived experiences of migration to Canada. The goal of this panel was to stimulate a dialogue around the everyday obstacles faced by migrants in Canada beyond the politicized ‘crises’ that often dominate mainstream discussions around immigration policy and migrant rights in Canadian contexts. Through the exploration of issues such as immigration detention, sanctuary cities, temporary and seasonal migrant worker programs, and refugee resettlement/integration, we were able to raise critical questions around the limitations of the state in the protection of precarious migrants as well as the importance of prioritizing the ongoing grassroots resistance by both migrants themselves as well as various local organizations such as No One Is Illegal (NOII) and End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN).

This event would not have been possible without the generous support from the Borders in Globalization (BIG) Project, Ottawa Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Carleton, and OPIRG-GRIPO uOttawa.