How Canada became addicted to temporary foreign workers

“…Foster points to the first-generation foreign worker programs in Europe following the Second World War, when some countries were struggling with extremely low unemployment rates of around two per cent.

“Europe is now paying the price of those programs a generation later,” said Foster, pointing to the riots in France where the creation of so-called second-tier of citizens, the temporary foreign workers, was partly blamed for fuelling innercity tensions.

Many European countries later narrowed the scope of their programs, limiting the intake of foreign workers to highly-skilled professions.

Foster argues that Canada has moved toward the old, flawed European model, instead of maintaining the small, more focused program that other countries are now moving toward.”

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