Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Thursday, May 29 3:30pm-5:00pm Vallee-400

Primary Session Category: Sociology of Immigration
Session Code: SoImm6
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: As many nation-states encourage their citizens to seek employment abroad or champion for quicker means by which to attract foreign workers, temporary migration has become a prevalent, yet concerning part of the global immigration landscape.  In Canada, arrivals of temporary migrants now outpaces arrivals of permanent residents.  Temporary migration is an evolving phenomenon, implemented and managed by the federal government to expediently address labour shortages in myriad sectors and localities.  Despite being a central part of Canada’s immigration system and a periodic subject of media and public debate, temporary migration is often misunderstood.  There is a need to better understand the policies and processes that allow it to occur, its impact on individuals, communities, and labour markets, and the experiences of its participants. Sociologists play an important role in addressing this information gap by revealing the implications that temporary migration presents for institutions, social structures, and communities.

The goal of this session is to draw attention to the diversity of temporary migration by encouraging papers focused on any of the multiple temporary foreign worker programs in Canada. Temporary migrants are not a homogenous group; they have various skill levels, are entitled to different sets of rights and opportunities, and have diverse experiences and challenges.  This session will expand our knowledge of the multifaceted nature of temporary migration and the issues presented by this non-permanent labour market strategy.

Session Organizer: Jill Bucklaschuk, University of Manitoba, Sociology,

Chair: Jill Bucklaschuk


1.     Jill Bucklaschuk  

“It’s like winning the lottery”: Experiences of temporary migrants in Manitoba

2.     Leanne Dixon Perera   

 Effective Collaboration at the Front-Line: examining the role of civil society organizations in improving the working and living conditions of migrant farm workers in Niagara

3.     Salimah Valiani  

Temporary Migration and the Global Integration of Nursing Labour Markets

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