The Future of Precarious-Status Migrants’ Right to Health Care in Canada

Y.Y. Brandon Chen

(2017) 54(3) Alberta Law Review 649-663.


This article examines how health care services in Canada are denied to precarious status migrants, either through outright exclusion based on immigration status, or due to the realities in migrants’ lives that make it difficult for them to access health care services. The author argues that this situation is unfair, given the contribution made by precarious status migrants to Canada’s sociocultural and economic fabric, and exhorts the courts and policymakers to do more to make health care services available to these migrants.

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About the Author:

Y.Y. Brandon Chen’s research interests lie primarily at the interface between health care and international migration. His scholarly work explores how the intersection between these two fields affects the struggle for social justice both domestically and globally. He has published in both academic journals and popular media on subjects relating to migrant health care, medical tourism, HIV/AIDS, and the right to health, among others. He currently teaches “Introduction to Public & Constitutional Law” and “Studies in Public Law: International Migration & Health.”  Besides his academic responsibilities, Professor Chen has been involved in the work of several non-profit or public sector agencies. Between 2009 and 2011, he was appointed by the Ontario Health Minister to the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS. Until 2016, he was the Co-Chair of the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment. Presently, Professor Chen is a board member of the Canadian Centre on Statelessness.

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