Poverty, Migrants and HIV/AIDS in Canada

  • AKM Ahsan Ullah
  • Ahmed Shafiqul Huque


AIDS has been perceived as an African disease for a long time. A shift took place later and it was believed to be a disease of the poor. This chapter examines the intersections of refugees and AIDS in Canada. It presents a critical analysis of the impact on Canada from the influx of refugees and HIV/AIDS and challenges the notion that HIV/AIDS is a disease of the poor. It poses a question to assess the place of Canada in the global scenario of refugees and HIV/AIDS and proceeds to answer the question. Canada is one of the most generous countries for refugee resettlement, and accepts a large number of convention refugees in order to give them protection. The central point is that the protection is not restricted to physical, political or economic protection, and should extend to the protection of their mental stability. Discrimination and stigmatization could cause severe psychological damage. The legislation in Canada directly does not debar HIV positive from seeking refugee status, but precautionary measures may discriminate against people who could pose challenge to Public Health in Canada. Human rights activists argue that allowing people with HIV/AIDS to come to Canada creates no direct and unavoidable risk to the health of Canadians. Claiming that immigrants with HIV are a threat to public health simply because they are HIV-positive stigmatizes all people with HIV as dangerous to public health. It is discriminatory and unjust to automatically exclude all persons with HIV from immigrating to Canada.


Public Health Agency South Asian Community Refugee Resettlement Convention Refugee Visible Minority Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • AKM Ahsan Ullah
    • 1
  • Ahmed Shafiqul Huque
    • 2
  1. 1.Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)Bandar Seri BegawanBrunei Darussalam
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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