Guest worker schemes yesterday and today

Advantages and liabilities

Authored by: Dimitria Groutsis , Lina Venturas

Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138794313
eBook ISBN: 9781315759302
Adobe ISBN: 9781317638773


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Guest worker and temporary migration schemes can be defined as a short-term temporary migration pathway into a destination country for the purposes of work (Miller 1986). 1 While the introduction of temporary migration has predated the 1940s (Castles and Kosack 1973; Castles 1986; Martin 1997), this chapter provides a brief survey of the reasons for, and implications of, the various forms that such programmes have taken from the post-World War II period through to the present. Indeed, throughout this period guest worker and temporary migration programmes have been introduced to serve several ends, and therefore, have suited the needs of various stakeholders at particular points in time. The overall aim of this chapter is to provide a brief map of the various forms these programmes have taken and to examine the challenges and opportunities that such pathways of entry have created for the various stakeholders involved (Rhus and Martin 2008).

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