The Canadian Experience and Labor Integration of the Mexican Creative Class in Toronto

"No hay racismo en Canadá, pero...". La experiencia canadiense y la integración laboral de la clase creativa mexicana en Toronto

Jesús Javier PEÑA MUÑOZ


En este trabajo abordamos el tema de la inserción laboral de la migración calificada mexicana en Toronto, Canadá. Presentamos y aplicamos el concepto de 'clase creativa' para definir el tipo de migración calificada. El propósito de este trabajo es mostrar qué es y cómo influye en la integración laboral el discurso de la experiencia canadiense desde la subjetividad de migrantes mexicanos calificados. Proponemos que la experiencia canadiense revela prácticas de marginación en el acceso al mercado laboral en esta ciudad, las cuales son producidas y reproducidas como parte de un discurso de “no hay racismo en Canadá”.

Palabras clave: migración mexicana calificada; experiencia canadiense; migración laboral; Canadá; clase creativa


This article deals with the issue of the incorporation of Mexican skilled migrants into Toronto’s labor market. The author presents and applies the concept of “creative class” to define the kind of skilled migration he is referring to. The article’s aim is to show what the discourse of the Canadian experience is and how it influences labor integration from the point of view of the subjectivity of qualified Mexican migrants. The author proposes that the Canadian experience reveals practices of marginalization in access to Toronto’s labor market that are produced and reproduced as part of a discourse that insists that “there’s no racism in Canada.”

Keywords: skilled Mexican migration; Canadian experience; labor migration; Canada; creative class

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