Temporary foreign workers

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Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada – About 550,000 accounting for 2.9% of total employment

Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) have played an increasingly important role in the Canadian labour market in recent years (Lu and Hou, 2019). Close to 470,000 foreign nationals have a work permit that became effective in 2019, compared to 340,000 in 2017 and 390,000 in 2018.Note However, their contribution to the labour market could be severely … Continue reading

Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada – Open work permits holders had the lowest median annual earnings in 2016

Temporary residents with open work permits (OWP) accounted for 1.2% of total T4 earners in Canada in 2016 compared with 0.5% a decade earlier. This is a larger increase than among those with employer-specific work permits (ESWP), whose share grew from 0.2% to 0.3% for high-skill workers and stayed the same at 0.3% for low-skill workers. These are among the findings of a … Continue reading

Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada – The tendency to stay longer has increased among more recent arrivals

Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) have been playing a growing role in Canada’s labour force and immigration system. The length and type of stay of TFWs in Canada have strong implications for the country’s immigration and labour policies. This study assesses the distribution of temporary workers among possible post-arrival residential trajectories to determine which TFWs are … Continue reading

Temporary Foreign Workers in US – The numbers

Many Americans are aware of the often-cited estimate that approximately 11 million unauthorized immigrants reside in the United States. However, the U.S. government does not have an adequate, reliable estimate for the total number of temporary foreign workers who are authorized to be employed in the U.S. labor market in the main nonimmigrant visa classifications … Continue reading

Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada – Permits expire for those who have been in the country for more than four years

Thousands of temporary foreign workers could be heading to airports to leave Canada Wednesday as permits expire for those who have been in the country for more than four years. The Conservative government set April 1, 2015 as the deadline for temporary foreign workers in low-skilled jobs to either become permanent residents or leave the … Continue reading

Australia / To expand Pacific seasonal work program

The new Liberal-National Coalition government in Australia is likely to expand the country’s seasonal worker program for the Pacific Continue reading

Canada / Temporary foreign workers, a permanent solution?

The permanent solution? Temporary foreign workers. Currently, more than 330,000 workers live and work in Canada as part of the federal temporary foreign worker program – a number that has nearly tripled over the last 10 years, with the bulk of those job-seekers going west in search of work Continue reading

Canada / Are Temporary foreign workers filling gap or depressing wages?

News that a consortium of mostly Chinese companies will seek permission to use exclusively Chinese labour for underground work in four proposed B.C. coal mines has blown the lid off a simmering debate over the dramatic increase in the use of Canada’s temporary foreign worker program. The Harper government, which only last spring announced measures … Continue reading

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