Challenging Managed Temporary Labor Migration as a Model for Rights and Development for Labor-Sending Countries
Posted: 1 Jul 2008
Date Written: March 5, 2008
As global labor mobility increases, international organizations and States have intensified efforts to find ways to manage migration in the best interests of States and migrants. In recent years, a consensus has emerged among international organizations involved in labor migration that properly managed temporary labor migration is an effective way of balancing the interests of sending countries, receiving countries, and migrants themselves. In this Note, I contend that this emerging paradigm is unlikely to achieve both its touted goals: promoting long term economic development for sending countries and protecting migrant workers' rights. Not only do many sending countries lack the institutional capacity to properly design and implement migration and development policies, but also the very assumptions underlying the paradigm are flawed. I conclude that international organizations and migration experts should be cautious about promoting temporary labor migration to sending countries.
Keywords: migration management, labor migration, international organizations
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