Book: Liberating temporariness? Migration, work, and citizenship in an age of precarity

Edited by Leah F. Vosko, Valerie Preston and Robert Latham McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014 Liberating Temporariness? explores the complex ways in which temporariness is being institutionalized as a condition of life for a growing number of people worldwide. The collection emphasizes … Continue reading

Migration at the margins: Work, profit, or nation-building?

These videos are part of a panel at the Kick-Off event for the Migration Matters program.

Luin Goldring

Andrew Crane

Leah Vosko (Department of Political Science; Canada Research Chair, Feminist Political Economy)

Luin Goldring (Department of Sociology)

Andrew Crane (Schulich School of Business; Director, Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business)

(For more details, See YFile story)

Andrew Crane

In this video, Crane will draw on his work exploring vulnerable populations.

“I’ll be talking about the business of modern slavery and how the business models of forced labour exploit the vulnerabilities of migrants,” says Crane. His comments are based on his November 2013 publication, Forced labour’s business models and supply chains for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In it, Crane and his colleagues analyzed how businesses make money from forced labour.  They consider how the structure of the United Kingdom’s economy through “light-touch” regulation of business and a heavy hand on immigration, creates a segment of the workforce, at or near the national minimum wage, susceptible to forced labour.

Luin Goldring

Goldring will talk about her work on the relationship between precarious employment and precarious migrant legal status, based on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded collaborative project with University of Toronto sociology Professor Patricia Landolt.

Goldring and Landolt’s research on immigrant workers’ employment experiences in Toronto examines the effects of several measures including human capital, network, labor market variables, and a change in legal status variable on job precarity as measured by an eight-indicator Index of Precarious Work. They find that precarious legal status has a long-lasting, negative effect on job precarity. Respondents who entered and remained in a precarious migratory status and those who shifted to secure status were more likely to remain in precarious work compared to respondents who entered with and remained in a secure status.

Specifically, Goldring will discuss concepts used to analyze transitions through intersecting work–citizenship insecurities, where prior locations have the potential to exert long-term effects, transitions may continue to occur over the life-course, and gains on one front are not always matched on others.