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Migration for Employment

Bilateral Agreements at a Crossroads

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This report opens with an overview of bilateral agreements and other forms of labour recruitment of foreigners in several OECD countries (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States) as well as in the Philippines and Romania.  It then has a series of chapters describing the management and implementation of these practices and analysing the impact of these agreements on labour markets, economic development and migration policies of both sending and receiving countries.  It also examines the prospects for this type of migration. The Annex lists the principal agreements signed by OECD countries, by type of recruitment scheme (e.g. seasonal, contract workers, trainees and guest workers).

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Bilateral Labour Agreements Concluded by France

In the context of post-war reconstruction and as early as the 1950s, the French government began to introduce measures aimed at attracting foreign labour to regions and economic activities where the need for such labour was felt. This constituted a break with practice between the wars, when the recruitment of foreign labour had been left very largely to the initiative of private associations linked to large industrial employers and to...

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