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Bilateral labor agreements

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  1. Nathan R. Blank

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm066

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Blank, N. R. 2013. Bilateral labor agreements. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Bilateral labor agreements (BLAs) are a broad categorization of labor-related agreements between two states. Generally the use of the word “bilateral” is meant to distinguish two-state agreements from multilateral or global efforts at forging labor agreements or standards. Within international labor diplomacy BLAs have become the dominant mechanism through which states manage their labor relationships. Although BLAs are widely used to manage state-to-state flows of migrant workers, it should be noted that the vast majority of migrants go abroad through private party agreements between recruitment agencies and employers in destination states under nominal government control and regulation.

Keywords:

  • capitalism;
  • labor;
  • labor supply;
  • immigration;
  • employment and unemployment