In my hometown newspaper, I write about Canada’s controversial Temporary Foreign Workers Program. It’s exactly what it sounds like, and it well-positioned to be abused (employers are only supposed to use it if they can’t find Canadian workers, additionally, it puts the Foreign Workers in a vulnerable position).
I’ve written about this stuff before (but I’m not against some self-publicity), but in case you missed it, my take is, essentially, the concept of limiting foreign workers (not too mention immigration and asylum, in general) is essentially xenophobic. Here’s a taste:
Deconstructing the idea that we must make sure “Canadians are first,” we expose the assumption of entitlement. We are assuming that Canadians have an inherent entitlement to job vacancies in Canada. To believe this, we must believe that there is something inherently special about Canadians that grants us privileged treatment.
We are using the geographical placement of birth or the political source of citizenship as proxies for determining the worth of people.