LaMP Flights: Opening More Opportunities for Workers from Guatemala

AUTHORS: MELISSA SAUCEDO, KIM GERONIMO

FAVORITE QUOTE: 

“Collaboration and solidarity among workers are important for the success of the [H2A] program. However, the higher the debt a worker takes on to migrate, the more likely they are to abscond.” – AGUND member and aspiring H2A visa applicant  

“What we are looking for is a legal and equal opportunity for work.” – female AGUND member and aspiring H2A visa applicant   

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We need better solutions to the capital constraints faced by responsible recruitment agencies

AUTHORS: ROB ROGERS, KIM GERONIMO

Responsible recruitment has a cash flow problem. In this blog, we present the problem and some ideas about solutions that tie access to finance to responsible practices. Rewarding ethical recruitment by solving cash flow constraints may tip the scales in favor of responsible firms, who have historically struggled to scale. 

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LaMP Flights: Workers’ Voices in Mexico

AUTHORS: MELISSA SAUCEDO, KIM GERONIMO

FAVORITE QUOTE: 

“I have seen how Zacapoaxtla [a nearby town that regularly sends seasonal workers to the U.S.] has grown in the last years – I want to go to the U.S. to work hard, so more workers from my town get recruited, and it grows the way Zacapoaxtla has.”  

– first-time seasonal worker  
 

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Canada needs to improve its immigration channels for essential migrant workers

Originally published on Policy Options August 19, 2021 here.

Special note: This post was originally written for a Canadian audience, therefore the language within this article reflects the labor mobility challenges faced by their country.

AUTHORS: Ratna Omidvar and Zuzana Cepla

Labour shortages and aging demographics mean we’re relying on migrants to fill critical jobs. We need a streamlined program to meet these demands.

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There’s No Such Thing as a “Low”-Skill Worker

AUTHORS: ZUZANA CEPLA and HELEN DEMPSTER

This post was published also at the Center for Global Development (CGD) website here.

High-income countries depend on immigration to help foster strong societies and economies. Yet when deciding who is allowed to enter, most use a simple dichotomy based on educational attainment: “high” and “low” skilled.

In this blog, based on a new policy brief by Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP) and discussions at a recent LaMP-CGD co-hosted event, we outline why this dichotomy is wrong, and how high-income countries can build mutually beneficial migration pathways at all skill levels.

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