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Migrant workers facing the dangers of wildfires need support

By Eloy Rivas-Sánchez, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Athabasca University
Geneviève Tousignant, Master's Student, Interdisciplinary Studies, Athabasca University
Wildfires continue to burn across Canada, destroying hundreds of structures and displacing thousands of people. However, while many have been able to evacuate and receive help, migrant workers have been coping with the effects of the fires with relatively little support.

Temporary migrant workers in the Global North are already highly vulnerable to abuse in the workplace and hazardous working conditions. That vulnerability is often drastically increased in times of crisis.

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