Assessing the Regulation of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada
Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 49, No. 1, p. 39, 2011
32 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2011
Date Written: September 10, 2011
There has been an increase in the number of incoming temporary migrant workers to Canada over the past decade. In this article, I critically assess recent changes in the law governing temporary migration to Canada by using theoretical tools from the fields of sociology, geography, and legal geography. A multidisciplinary framework to understand Canada’s labour migration policies is provided. Within the socio-historical context of migrant labour regulation in Canada, I argue that political and regulatory developments function to further entrench segregation and exclusion of foreign workers by maintaining a subclass of flexible labour. Specifically, I show that Canada’s current temporary migration regime retains the country’s historical role as an ethnocratic settler state in which the regulation of migrant workers creates inherent boundaries. These boundaries demarcate racially identified space(s) on the basis of the economic and political logic underlying temporary migration.
Keywords: Temporary foreign workers, labour migration, immigration law, Canada, ethnocracy, racially identified spaces
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