Migrant workers have been abused ever since the beginning. There have been attempts to strike and revolt, but it has never been very successful. In “It’s Time to End Worker Exploitation” by Linda Chavez-Thompson exposes the nonexistent rights and abuse of the foreign guest workers, but fails to delve deeper into the details of the problems and to find a solution to stop exploitation. The workers’ wages are so low that the job becomes a vicious cycle with little to no chance of coming out with any benefit or profits, they have horrible health care and health conditions in which they have to work under, and even worse, foreign born workers are treated worse than scum on the bottom of a shoe, not able to even stand up for their own rights without suffering harsher consequences than deserved.
The H-2A and H-2B visa programs, formerly known as the “bracero” program, gives out the permit that allows foreign workers to try to make a living for their family working in an agricultural field, construction, and almost anything that involves intense manual labor under minimal supervision by the government. Chavez- Thompson wrote “workers typically borrow large amounts of money to pay travel expenses, fees and even bribes to recruiters. That means that before they even begin to work, they are indebted”. This is true in many cases and the author supports this with plenty of evidence to sway an audience. In the article “Migrant Worker Abuse Detailed in Amnesty International Report on Malaysia” by Putri Prameshwari, a complaint was made and released to the press about how she was not given a permit after a year of getting monthly deductions from her paycheck. The fees alone are roughly twenty five hundred dollars for a position as a seasonal worker, which is the yearly income of an average Guatemalan, and Thai migrant workers sometimes pay up to ten thousand dollars or more just to work for lower wages than they expected. Chavez-Thompson never includes the expectation of the...
...population pressures on scarce natural resources,
wage or income inequality between the poor and rich countries, growing urbanization,
reduction in the cost of transport and communications and increasing interactions among
societies, civil conflict and absence of human rights, and establishment of migration
networks by earlier migrants. It is generally recognized, however, that both increasing
differences between countries and the lack of gainful employment, decent work, human
security and individual freedoms help explain much about international
While international migration can be productive for economy of both host conuntries and countries of origin, as developingcounties find cheap manpower source in migrant non-skilled or semi-skilled workers and country of origin gains income which people living abroad bring into it, but at the same time, many migrantworkers suffer poor working and living conditions. Their terms of
employment may be better than in their home countries, but they often face conditions
far inferior to those available to nationals in host countries. Despite international
standards to protect them, their rights as workers are too often undermined, especially if
they are unauthorized....
...Migrantworkers apparently come from poor countries and have been living in tough financial situation, thus they choose to work as maids outside their countries hoping they would find a solution for their crisis. However, this situation is getting more serious and controversial than before, the rate of domestic workers committing suicide is increasing. what households seek in Lebanon is not to help but slaves to serve them, and these maids go through hard work and mistreatment.
We hear a lot of maids who escape and we read a lot in the press about the crimes committed by the maids, but we do not ask ourselves why all of this is happening? The answer is linked on how the householder treats her maid, which in the matter of time the maid might commit a suicide and get her revenge.
people are treating maids as animals, not realizing that they also have feelings and lives to live. Maids also have their rights just like any other person; violence or yelling at them is not the solution this may lead them to escape since they are not machines that can get all your work done at the same time. People should wake up and stop treating them such a way; they are still human that needs to be taken care of instead of treating them bad. They are here to help the house holder; their wasted rights should be defended as people should be punished for what they are doing. Forgin workers comes from a poor background and she does not...
...Exploitation of Workers: Causes and Solutions
In 2010, Foxconn became more famous not for its products but for the series of suicides among its workers in China. At least 14 people died, most of whom were adolescents coming from rural areas, trying to make more money in order to have a better life. However, the exploitation broke their dreams. Exploitation of workers occurs all over the world, especially in recent years, with lots of workers from less developed areas to the relatively developed areas, the exploitation is more severe. They are forced to do more work than they are paid for and may suffer other kinds of unfair treatments. Even children are involved in labour exploitation. According to the statistics from International Labour Organization (ILO, 2013), the number of child labours has already reached 215 million. This article aims to discuss two major causes of the labour exploitation, the economic imbalance and the imperfectness of justice system, and offer two corresponding solutions to tackle it.
Economic imbalance may be one of the most important causes engendering the exploitation. To some extent, the wage gap has enhanced the exploitation of labours, both regionally and nationally. The most attractive aspect of working in the developed regions is that the wages are much more higher...
...Running Head: MIGRANT FARM WORKERSMigrant Farm Workers
Cultural Activities Project – Part III
I. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:
In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war between the United States and Mexico. This Treaty gained the United States more than half a million square miles of former Mexican territory. It also forfeited more than seventy-five thousand former Mexican citizens to the United States. The Treaty articles implied there would be full United States citizenship and continued land ownership for Mexican residents who now found themselves and their property within the boundaries of the United States. This turned out not to be true and was one of the first exploitations and acts of discrimination of Mexican immigrants by the United States. (Griswold del Castill, 2006)
Throughout the years, many Mexican citizens found themselves displaced and powerless within the United States borders because they are still fighting in American courts for their property rights that were stolen from them due to the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty today. (Griswold del Castill, 2006)
In 1942, the United States was in need of agricultural workers because most American young men were enlisting to fight in World War II. Therefore, the U.S. would not have able-bodied “American” young men to bring “seed to table” for American families. An agreement was made between the United...
Women MigrantWorkers: From Mexico to the U.S.
Migrantworkers have long played a crucial role in the economy of the United States, there has always been a rather heavy flow of both legal and illegal immigrants to the United States. There is a large variety of different jobs available for both legal and illegal immigrants in the United States, many women find work with more affluent families and are employed as nannies or maids. Some women find work in factories, often turning out clothes or toys, which is often labor-intensive low-wage work and especially for those migrantworkers that may not be in the country legally. Perhaps the most important role that these women play in the U.S.’s economy involves our extensive agriculture sector.
Prior to slave labor restrictions agriculture in the U.S. was largely dependent on slave labor, which was essentially free as one might expect. The first English colonies imported slave labor as early as 1619 and Spanish colonies had practiced intensive slave labor since the 1560s. Slave labor became increasingly important in producing high-value cash crops such as tobacco, sugar, coffee and cotton. Although slave labor was most important in Southern plantation style agriculture, it also played an integral role in agriculture in the North which is contrary to the popular belief of Northern states...
MigrantWorkers in the U.S. and China
Nevada State College
Many migrantworkers in the U.S. tend to work in the agricultural industry as farmworkers, while migrantworkers from China leave their rural farms to work in larger urbanized cities. Though roles seem to be reversed between the two groups, they have many similarities. Themigrantworkers from both the U.S. and China have significant impacts on their countries’ respective economies. In the process, these migrantworkers endure many challenges such as poor pay, sub-standard living conditions, and work-related health risks. Regardless, migrantworkers take on these challenges in order to better the lives of their families and to pursue their dreams and aspirations. Without their labor, many of the simple amenities that we enjoy would be more costly to obtain or not be available at all.
From the Chinese and Irish workers who helped build the first transcontinental railroad in the 1860’s to today’s farmworkers who picked the fruits and vegetables for the local buffet, migrantworkers have always been weaved into the fabric of American society. In the United States, foreign-born workers make up an ample...
8 December 2010
MigrantWorkers: U.S. vs. Taiwan
In this essay I will be discussing the similarities and differences of migrantworkers, between the two countries: U.S. & Taiwan. Although these two countries are completely different they do have more similarities than you think. The term “migrantworker” is used to refer to individuals who enter the United States or another country legally or illegally as temporary or seasonal workers, typically in agriculture such as farmers, or in semi-skilled or unskilled industries such as house maids or waiters. In both the U.S. and Taiwan a maid can be a common role.
I will start off by telling you about the working conditions of the migrantworkers in the United States. We obviously know that migrant agricultural workers experience the lowest incomes, poorest working conditions, and fewest benefits from social services in the United States. Their weekly earnings are the lowest of all occupational sectors except employees in private households and other nonproductive services. Because they average only twenty-four weeks of employment per year, they have the lowest annual earnings. During the 1990s, their absolute earnings declined, in contrast to all other occupational categories. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the average...
Ethical and economical issues of using migrantworkers
Submitted to Henry Clayhills Ericsson
by Anastasiya Tsishkova
Around 200 million people in the world work away from their home country.
International labor law provides for equality of opportunity and non discrimination at work for all workers, including migrantworkers. However, in the international system, citizenship confers exclusive rights to nationals of each country. Deprived of these rights and alien to different societies and cultures in their countries of employment, migrantworkers are at a disadvantage.
Migrants have to face many barriers which affect them while trying to find a job. Among these barriers are the following: language, cultural barriers, overseas skills and qualification recognition, lack of work experience, racism.
Workers’ productivity depends on a number of factors, in particular: what they bring to a job, for example, their level of education and skills and how well they are used in the economy. For example, the capital available for them to use, the quality of business organization or work practices, and the ability of the labor market to recognize all their skills, so that they are given appropriate jobs. Immigrants tend to raise average...