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A Symposium on Guestworker Programs and Foreign Contract Labor
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  1. Canadian Guestworker Programs

    • Veena Verma, Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish, The Caribbean and Mexican Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in Canada: Migration, Labour Market Demands, and Workers' Rights, 2006.

    • Human Resources and Skill Development, Canada, Caribbean & Mexican Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program-Overview, accessed at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/on/epb/agri/overview.shtml.

    • Mexican Consular Office in Montreal, Canada, Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, accessed at http://www.consulmex.qc.ca/versionenglish/ptat.htm.

    • Human Resources Development, Canada, Agreement for the Employment in Canada of Commonwealth Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers, accessed at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/epb/lmd/fw/2006caribbeansawp-e.pdf.

    • Human Resources Development, Canada, Agreement for the Employment in Canada of Commonwealth of Seasonal Agricultural Workers from Mexico, accessed at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/epb/lmd/fw/BCSAWP2005contract.pdf.

    • UFCW Canada, UFCW Canada National Report on the Status of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada, 2004.

    • Dr. K. Preibisch, Social Relations Practices Between Seasonal Agricultural Workers, Their Employers, and Residents of Rural Ontario, Prepared for the North-South Institute, 2003, accessed at

http://www.nsi-ins.ca/english/pdf/exec_sum_preibisch.pdf.




  1. European Guestworker Programs

    • Dan Rees, New Measures to Tackle Exploitation in the UK Agricultural Industry, in Merchants of Labour (Ed Christiane Kuptsch), International Labour Organisation Geneva/International Institute for Labour Studies. ISBN (Web PDF) 92-9014-982-2, accessed at http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inst/download/merchants.pdf.

    • Felicity Lawrence, Migrants in Bonded Labour Trap, The Guardian, March 29, 2004.

    • Philip Martin, Germany: Managing Migration in the 21st Century, prepared for Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, Cornelius, Wayne A., Philip L. Martin and James F. Hollifield. Eds. 2003 (excerpts). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. www.sup.org

    • Migration News, EU: Asylum, Immigration, Guest Workers, excerpt, 2003, accessed at http://migration.ucdavis.edu/mn/comments.php?id=2951_0_4_0.

    • Denise Efionayi, Josef Martin Niederberger, and Philippe Warner, Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, “Switzerland Faces Common European Challenges,” February 2005, accessed at Migration Policy Institute www.migrationinformation.org/Profiles/print.cfm?ID=284.




  1. Overviews and Comparisons of Guestworker Programs and International Standards and Protections for Guestworkers




  1. Suggested further reading




    • Tanya Basok, Human Rights and Citizenship: The Case of Mexican Migrants in Canada, Working Paper 72, The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC-San Diego, April 2003.

    • David Griffith, The Canadian and United States Migrant Agricultural Workers Programs: Parallels and Divergence Between two North American Seasonal Migrant Agricultural Labor Markets with respect to “Best Practices,” A Report to The North-South Institute, Ottawa, Canada, November 2003, Executive Summary accessible at http://www.nsi-ins.ca/english/pdf/exec_sum_griffith.pdf

    • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Migration for Employment: Bilateral Agreements at a Crossroad, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2004. Accessible at http://213.253.134.29/oecd/pdfs/browseit/8104171E.pdf

    • Philip Martin, Manolo Abella, and Christiane Kuptsch, Managing Labor Migration in the Twenty-First Century, 2006, Yale University Press. Accessible at http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=0300109040

    • Ethical Trading Institute. The webpage offers a comprehensive guide to the work of the Ethical Trading Initiative and good practice in corporate responsibility for promoting international labour standards. Accessible at www.ethicaltrade.org

    • Temporary Labour Working Group, A Code of Labour Practice for labour providers to the fresh produce and agricultural trade, 2004. Accessible at http://www.lpcode.co.uk/code_of_practice_3.pdf

    • Temporary Labour Working Group, A Licence to Operate: New Measures to Tackle Exploitation of Temporary Workers in the UK Agricultural Industry (Nov 2004) (Report describing the early work of the Temporary Labour Working Group). Accessible at http://www.lpcode.co.uk/licence_to_operate_2.pdf

    • Temporary Labour Working Group. Guide to the voluntary audit and registration scheme for employers of temporary labour in the UK food and agricultural industry. Accessible at http://www.lpcode.co.uk.

    • CODETRAS (France).  CODETRAS is an organization assisting seasonal agricultural guestworkers in France, includes information about the guestworker program. http://www.espace.asso.fr/doc/doc_them_1.htm

    • GISTI - Groupe d'information et de soutien aux d'immigrés (France). GISTI is an organization specializing in the rights of foreigners. In order to make its knowledge available to those who need it, GISTI holds free legal counsels, edits publications and organises training sessions. http://www.gisti.org; http://www.gisti.org/bienvenue/index.en.html

    • Migration News. http://migration.ucdavis.edu

    • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Fact Sheet No. 24, The Rights of Migrant Workers (International Convention on the Protection of the Rights if All Migrant Workers and members of Their Families (Art. 2, para.1), adopted by the General Assembly resolution 45/158 of I 8 December 1990. Accessible at http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu6/2/fs24.htm


ILO Publications


    • ILO, SAP-FL, Forced Labour, Migration, and Trafficking in Europe, 2003. Accessible at http://www.ilo.org/dyn/declaris/DECLARATIONWEB.DOWNLOAD_BLOB?Var_DocumentID=3241.

    • ILO, Competing for Global talent (Ed. Christiane Kuptsch and Pan Eng Fong), Geneva/International Institute for Labour Studies, 2006, accessible at http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inst/download/competing.pdf.

    • ILO, Merchants of Labour (Ed Christiane Kuptsch), Geneva/International Institute for Labour Studies, 2006, ISBN (Web PDF) 92-9014-982-2 , accessible at http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inst/download/merchants.pdf

    • Manolo Abella, Sending Workers Abroad: A Manual for Low- and Middle-Income Countries, 1997, Geneva: International Labour Office.

    • Philip L. Martin, Merchants of Labor: Agents of the evolving migration infrastructure, International Institute for Labour Studies, Geneva, 2005 (excerpts), accessible at http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inst/download/dp15805.pdf

    • Peter Stalker, The Work of Strangers: A Survey of International Labour Migration, 1994, International Labour Office, Geneva.


ILO standards addressing migrant workers:

    • C.97 Migration for Employment Convention (Revised), 1949

    • R.86 Migration for Employment Recommendation (Revised), 1949

    • C.143 Migrant Workers (Supplementary Provisions) Convention, 1975

    • R.151 Migrant Workers Recommendation, 1975

Accessible at http://www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/norm/subject/migrant.htm

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