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Temporary migrant workers and labor organization

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  1. Jane Holgate

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm529

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Holgate, J. 2013. Temporary migrant workers and labor organization. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

As the International Labour Organization (ILO), among other organizations, points out, international labor migration is hardly new, but it has become an increasingly topical issue at local and global policy levels (ILO 2010). The extent to which workers are able to seek employment outside their homeland has grown significantly with the expansion of more affordable means of transportation and the dynamics of globalizing forces. The notion of “time/space compression” means that “far-flung” workplaces have become more accessible to a greater number of migrant workers as spatial barriers have been broken down (Harvey 1990). In the past, migration was often considered in terms of permanency – a move to establish a new home and life in a different country or region, though seasonal and circular migration appeared across the Atlantic in the 19th century.

Keywords:

  • labor;
  • labor supply;
  • poverty;
  • gender;
  • capitalism