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The Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Do Short-Term Economic Needs Prevail over Human Rights Concerns?

An "Institute for Research on Public Policy" (IRPP) Study
Delphine Nakache and Paula J. Kinoshita

published: 2010 | Research publication

A new study was published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy examines the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), in order to determine the Canadian and Albertan approaches to integrating and protecting these migrants.  

The study, “The Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Do Short-Term Economic Needs Prevail over Human Rights Concerns?” by Delphine Nakache and Paula J. Kinoshita, draws on documentary research and interviews conducted in spring 2009 with a number of people involved in the TFWP. The authors found that the short term focus of Canada’s temporary labour migration policy will not help the country realize its long-term labour market needs and is unfair to the vast majority of temporary foreign workers.

Nakache and Kinoshita make numerous recommendations including  that the work permit be restructured to allow these migrants greater mobility and enforcement mechanisms be used to protect them from abusive practices.

Founded in 1972, the Institute for Research on Public Policy is an independent, national, bilingual, nonprofit organization. The IRPP seeks to improve public policy in Canada by generating research, providing insight and sparking debate on current and emerging policy issues facing Canadians and their governments. The Institute's independence is assured by an endowment fund, to which federal and provincial governments and the private sector contributed in the early 1970s

“The Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Do Short-Term Economic Needs Prevail over Human Rights Concerns?” by Delphine Nakache and Paula J. Kinoshita can be downloaded free of charge from the Institute's Web site (www.irpp.org).

Here are several additional links you might find useful:

Study : http://www.irpp.org/pubs/IRPPstudy/IRPP_Study_no5.pdf

Summary : http://www.irpp.org/newsroom/archive/2010/0513sume.pdf

Podcast : http://www.irpp.org/pubs/IRPPStudy/no5_podcast.mp3

Download the article at: http://www.irpp.org/pubs/IRPPstudy/IRPP_Study_no5.pdf

revised Jul 7/10

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