Blogs

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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2021 at LaMP: What We Learned in a Year of Growth

AUTHOR: REBEKAH SMITH

The year 2021 was a watershed year in the world of labor mobility: one where previously unthinkable policies were suddenly on the table, where the impact of labor shortages abruptly and dramatically entered the public consciousness as well as Board rooms, and where for perhaps the first time in history, high-income countries began to ‘compete’ for migrant workers. Everywhere we saw the signs of a new coming era; one defined where mobility is a necessity and the question is not if but how.  

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LaMP’s Program on Strengthening H-2A Recruitment Now Supported by the Walmart Foundation 

November 4th, 2021, Washington, D.C. – Labor Mobility Partnerships’ (LaMP) initiative to strengthen and unlock the value of quality recruitment within the H-2A seasonal agricultural workers program has received support from the Walmart Foundation.  

LaMP will work with leading H-2A recruiters and key stakeholders in the ag labor supply chain to support the growth and development of professional, quality recruitment operations in North American agriculture. The initiative represents an opportunity for industry partners to engage in making professional recruitment the standard business practice. LaMP’s approach focuses on market-compatible strategies and solutions to recruitment challenges with the ultimate goal of making H-2A work better for everyone. 

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Building Resilient Migration Systems

AUTHOR: REBEKAH SMITH

This piece was originally produced for the Perry World House Global Shifts Colloquium and made possible (in part) by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author(s).

2021 Global Shifts Colloquium Thought Pieces

Migrant workers contribute critically to the resilience of countries and sectors during times of crises. A key factor determining the resilience of systems is their flexibility, implying that in times of crisis, labor mobility becomes especially relevant. In all times, but particularly in times of uncertainty and crisis, flexibility and the ability of workers to safely move where they are needed is critical to the adjustment of the economy. Evidence from the European Union (EU) during the Great Recession suggests that migrant workers responded to changing labor shortages across EU states, occupations, and sectors more fluidly than native-born workers and this flexibility allowed them to contribute to stabilizing labor markets during and after the crisis.

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