October 15, 2020 – The migrant justice group No one is illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk (NOII-Hfx) has published responses by Halifax council candidates to a survey on migrant rights. In total, 27 of 82 council candidates responded from 13 of the 16 districts in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). None of the mayoral candidates responded.
“Through this survey, our aim was to see where the Halifax council candidates stand on migrant rights, and to foster a conversation about what can be done at the municipal level. We know that action on migrant rights is needed at the municipal level, in addition to the provincial and federal level,” said NOII-Hfx organizer Stacey Gomez.
The survey asks candidates three questions: whether they support full and permanent immigration status for all, as well as public healthcare for all and municipal services for all, regardless of immigration status. The questions pertain to all immigrants, including undocumented people, migrant workers, asylum-seekers and migrant students.
NOII-Hfx has launched a series of online images to share the results of the survey. Additional information, including candidates’ full responses, can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/HRMCandidatesSurveyResults
Key highlights from the NOII-Hfx survey:
- 33% of candidates who responded say they support full and permanent immigration status for all
- 74% of candidates who responded say they support healthcare for all migrants in Nova Scotia
- 78% of candidates who responded say they support access to municipal services, regardless of immigration status
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