Category Archives: NEWS & ANALYSIS

Immigrants Give More to Medicare Than They Receive, a Study Finds

Source: New York Times

Immigrants have contributed billions of dollars more to Medicare in recent years than the program has paid out on their behalf, according to a new study, a pattern that goes against the notion that immigrants are a drain on federal health care spending.

The study, led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, measured immigrants’ contributions to the part of Medicare that pays for hospital care, a trust fund that accounts for nearly half of the federal program’s revenue. It found that immigrants generated surpluses totaling $115 billion from 2002 to 2009. In comparison, the American-born population incurred a deficit of $28 billion over the same period.



Report gives Manitoba’s invisible migrant farm workers a voice

Migrant Workers Solidarity - Migrant Voices PosterThey come to Manitoba each summer under Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program to work on farms and nurseries.  And they’re invisible.

Now a new report by the Migrant Worker Solidarity Network and The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba gives these migrant farm workers a voice.


Over 70 Community Groups Demand Cancellation of “Border Security” Reality TV Show

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive

Cancel Border Security

Over 70 community groups have signed a letter demanding the immediate cancellation of anti-immigrant reality TV show, Border Security. The letter is addressed to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who personally approved the show, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and various companies with interests in the show, including Force Four Entertainment and Shaw Media. The letter is part of a growing “Cancel Border Security” campaign by rights groups and progressives.


Over 100 Canadian artists demand cancellation of anti-immigrant TV show “Border Security”

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive

No Human Being Is IllegalOver 100 actors, directors, producers, directors, technicians and other cultural professionals have signed an open letter demanding the immediate cancellation of anti-immigrant TV series Border Security. The letter is addressed to National Geographic, Force Four Entertainment, Shaw Media, Global BC, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), “and all other producers, financiers, and broadcasters of Border Security”.

The signatories include award-winning author Naomi Klein.


The Impacts of the Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker In Canada

She Fixes So Many Problems

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

CCPA_logo_261The Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker (NISW) is one of the programs established by the Province of Manitoba to help newcomers adjust to life in Canada. The program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism, and NISWs are hosted by community organizations.