Motion in search of standing for asylum seekers in important jobs say August will likely be pivotal

MONTREAL — A bunch in search of standing for asylum seekers who have been employed as important staff through the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec says it intends to step up stress on the federal and provincial governments to observe by means of on their guarantees.

An in a single day sit-in wrapped up Saturday in entrance of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s workplace in Montreal to name consideration to their plight as activists referred to as on each ranges of presidency to place weight behind their phrases.


In late Might, Quebec Premier Francois Legault introduced he had requested his then-immigration minister to evaluate every request to find out in the event that they could possibly be eligible for a path to citizenship as immigrants as a substitute of by means of the federal refugee system.

Days later, Trudeau additionally mentioned the federal authorities was working to acknowledge these asylum seekers who have been deployed to COVID-19 entrance traces.

However no agency actions have materialized since these feedback, mentioned Wilner Cayo, an organizer of the occasions.


He raised considerations new group of 10,000 orderlies at present being skilled and on the brink of enter Quebec’s long-term care system in mid-September will overshadow the contributions of those that responded on the peak of the COVID-19 disaster.

August will likely be a pivotal month for the motion, Cayo mentioned.

“Governments can rapidly change priorities, particularly if public opinion adjustments and other people transfer on,” mentioned Cayo. “We should step up our actions, get our messages throughout as forcefully as potential.”


Cayo mentioned they’re now contemplating harder actions, however insist they don’t have any intention to again down till a agency plan is in place.

Demonstrators are demanding that everlasting residence not be granted solely to asylum seekers in long-term and elder-care settings, however to anybody whose job was declared to be important through the pandemic resembling discipline labourers, warehouse staff and grocery shops workers.

Cayo mentioned the Legault authorities has drawn up an inventory of important sectors and will follow it.


He inspired Quebecers to open “their eyes and their hearts” and acknowledge the contributions of asylum seekers.

“These persons are not asking for handouts,” Cayo mentioned. “They didn’t come begging, they got here to say, ‘Whenever you wanted us, we responded. However now we’d like you.”‘