Enforcing Exclusion

Precarious Migrants and the Law in Canada

Sarah Grayce Marsden

  • Published: 2018. Paperback March 2019
  • Subject Listing: Law; Politics; History / Canadian History
  • Bibliographic information: 248 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Migrant workers, though long welcomed in Canada for their labor, 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.
Sarah Grayce Marsden is assistant professor at Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law.

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