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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Seasonal Labour Migration in the Light of the German-Polish Bilateral Agreement

Bilateral agreements on the employment of migrant workers are not a novelty in Poland. Since the 1970s Polish workers have left to work in other countries in accordance with official inter-governmental arrangements. By the same token, since 1990 movements in the reverse direction have been possible. The Polish government has long been interested in promoting the employment of Poles in other countries. Until 1989 however...

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