Labour Studies Index

Development as Remittances or Development as Freedom? Exploring Canada's Temporary Migration Programs from a Rights-Based Approach

Document type Book chapter
Series Editor Fudge, Judy
Editor Fudge, Judy
Series Editor Tucker, Eric
Editor Tucker, Eric
Author Preibisch, Kerry
Series Editor Faraday, Fay
Editor Faraday, Fay
Book Constitutional Labour Rights in Canada: Farm Workers and the Fraser Case
Publisher Irwin Law; Toronto
Date 2012
ISBN 9781552212912
Pages 81-108

Abstract

[Provides] a critical examination of Canada's Temporary Migration Programs for agriculture. I show how migrants are positioned to be relatively more vulnerable than other workers within the country's food agricultural system owing to their position at the bottom of the occupational hierarchy, their precarious immigration status as temporary "foreign" workers, and their racialization as non-Whites from the global South. Moreover, I illustrate how changes to policies of temporary migration have constituted farm work as an even more precarious form of employment for migrants in particular, but also Canadians.... Finally, while recognizing that TMPs may contribute to aspects fo economic development, enabling participants to access income and assets formerly out of their reach, I call for greater attention to the rights, welfare, and dignity of migrants when considering temporary migrations programs.