Layers of Vulnerability in Occupational Health and Saftey for Migrant Workers: Case Studies from Canada and the United Kingdom

Policy and Practice in Occupational Health and Safety, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 51-73, 2010

CLPE Research Paper No. 8/2009

28 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2009 Last revised: 1 Sep 2017

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Malcolm Sargeant

Middlesex University - Business School

Eric Tucker

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School; Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Date Written: June 6, 2009

Abstract

In many high-income countries, like Canada and the United Kingdom, there has recently been a significant increase in the number of migrant workers entering and participating in their labour markets. This article is concerned with the implications of this phenomenon for protective labour laws and, in particular, for occupational health and safety regulation. We identify a framework for assessing the OHS vulnerabilities of migrant workers, using a layered approach which assists in identifying the risk factors. Using this layer of vulnerability framework, we compare the situation of at-risk migrant workers in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Keywords: Immigration, employment, vulnerability, Canada, UK, migrant workers, occupational health and safety

JEL Classification: K30, K31, K33

Suggested Citation

Sargeant, Malcolm and Tucker, Eric, Layers of Vulnerability in Occupational Health and Saftey for Migrant Workers: Case Studies from Canada and the United Kingdom (June 6, 2009). Policy and Practice in Occupational Health and Safety, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 51-73, 2010; CLPE Research Paper No. 8/2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1415371

Malcolm Sargeant

Middlesex University - Business School ( email )

The Burroughs
London, NW4 4BT
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/aboutus/staffdirectory/Malcolm_Sargeant.aspx

Eric Tucker (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada
416 736-5578 (Phone)
416 636-5736 (Fax)

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law ( email )

2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
United States

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