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Enforcing Exclusion

Precarious Migrants and the Law in Canada

Migrant workers, though long welcomed in Canada for their labour, are often excluded from both workplace protections and basic social benefits such as health care, income assistance, and education. Through interviews with migrants and their advocates, Marsden shows that people with precarious migration status face barriers in law, policy, and practice, affecting their ability to address adverse working conditions and their access to institutions such as hospitals, schools, and employment standards boards. Enforcing Exclusion recasts what migration status means to both the state and to non-citizens, questioning the adequacy of human-rights-based responses in addressing its exclusionary effects.

248 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents


1 The Creation and Growth of Precarious Migration in Canada: “Illegal” Migration and the Liberal State

2 Status, Deportability, and Illegality in Daily Life

3 Working Conditions and Barriers to Substantive Remedies

4 Exclusion from the Social State: Health, Education, and Income Security

5 Multi-Sited Enforcement: Maintaining Subordinate Membership

6 Rights and Membership: Toward Inclusion?


Appendix A: Migrant Participant Profiles

Appendix B: Sample Interview Script

Notes; Index

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