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Study puts BC migrant work under a microscope

A new study, released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), provides an in-depth look into the conditions of exploitation facing BC migrant workers, and makes substantive recommendations for federal and provincial policy change.

The report, “Citizenship and Precarious Labour in Canadian Agriculture.” published by Gerardo Otero and Kerry Preibisch, is based on extensive research taking place between 2007 and 2009, and includes questionnaires with 200 farmworkers, with focus on the experiences of farmworkers in British Columbia,

British Columbia and Alberta have seen the largest increase in temporary migrant workers in the country in recent years. In BC, temporary migrant workers have exceeded permanent resident intake as of 2008.

“[W]e recruited participants from the three valleys that together account for nearly three-quarters of BC’s horticultural farms,” the authors write.

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